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Fantastic Fables: The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter

May 24th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Fantastic Fables 3 Comments »

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Please welcome author Kate Baxter! The Last True Vampire is the beginning of a new paranormal romance series, True Vampire. This novel will be released on June 2, 2015 from St. Martin’s Paperbacks! In the meantime check out her story below, if you want more, her novella Stripped Bear is available now! It is also set in the True Vampire world. Please enjoy her story below!

One lucky reader will win a paperback copy of The Last True Vampire! This giveaway is provided by Kate Baxter! Contest is US only.

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Thanks so much to Dark Faerie Tales for inviting me to participate in the Fantastic Fables event! In THE LAST TRUE VAMPIRE, Claire Thompson is a bit of a grifter who’s lived on the wrong side of the tracks most of her life. She’s had to do whatever it takes to stay afloat and what she doesn’t realize when she meets the mysterious Michael Aristov, that her world is about to be changed forever. Claire leaves the human world behind for a supernatural world she never knew existed. Sort of like falling down the rabbit hole…

“I’m late! I’m late!”

The rabbit darted in circles around Claire, tiny front paws waving frantically. He drew a shining gold pocket watch from his vest and her attention fixated on the piece. Huh. She could probably pawn it for a hundred bucks or more if she managed to lift it from him. The fact that a white rabbit wearing a suit was talking to her seemed secondary to the sweet bit of hardware he held in his paw. A clear indication she was dreaming. Thank god.

“Where are you going?” If Claire followed along, she might be able to slip if from his pocket before he caught on. She could walk with him for a bit, draw him into conversation and distract him from what she really planned to do—which was rob him blind.

“The king!” the rabbit replied. “He’s about to seize his crown and I’ve lost my way. If I don’t find the path I’ll be late.”

Claire had had some weird dreams before, but this one took the cake. “I’ll help you find the path,” she replied. It’s not like she had anything better to do. She looked around at the dense forest that surrounded them. “If you give me your pocket watch as payment.” There was no such thing as a free ride in this world. She knew that better than most.

The rabbit gave her a contemplative stare. It’s beady, blood red eyes unnerved her and Claire suppressed a shiver. “All right. If you help me find the king, I’ll give you my watch as payment.”

Score! A good bargain worked as well as a good grift any day of the week. A hell of a lot less work, too. She led the way through the woods and the white rabbit hopped beside her, his little head darting this way and that at every slight sound.

“What’s the matter?” It’s not like there were any imminent threats as far as Claire could tell. Maybe rabbits were generally suspicious and jumpy by nature?

“Danger everywhere,” the rabbit replied just above a whisper. “The king has enemies. They’ll hunt him down and kill him.”

In that case, a public reclaiming of his crown sort of seemed like a bad idea. “Doesn’t he have an army?” Shouldn’t a king should have someone to watch his back.

“No army and very few allies,” the rabbit replied. “Now that you’re here, though, everything will change.”

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Claire wasn’t sure how she fit into this little scenario. “I doubt that. Kings aren’t really my thing.” Pool halls were her thing. Easy money was her thing. Food in the fridge, definitely her thing. Kings? Not so much. Unless she could find an angle to work, that is.

Light giggles to her right drew Claire’s attention. Her head whipped around and a grouping of tulips bent their flowery heads down as though directed by a breeze. She shook off the unease that spread through her like ice and continued to wind her way through the woods with the rabbit at her side. “I don’t know what sort of path you were on before you found me,” she remarked, “but I’m not seeing even a trail.”

“You don’t see the path.” The rabbit paused and brought his red eyes up to hers. “You have to feel it.”

Okay, that was weird. “If you can feel it, why can’t you find it?”

“I can’t feel it,” the rabbit said knowingly. “Only you can, Claire.”

A shiver danced over her skin. Claire hadn’t given the rabbit her name and yet he seemed to know her. “How do you suggest I do that?” The quicker she helped the rabbit to find his way, the better. She didn’t particularly like him and if she hadn’t wanted to get her hands on his watch, she would have told him to take a hike.

“If you concentrate, you’ll feel it. The path will lead you straight to him.”

That’s what Claire was afraid of. She wasn’t sure she wanted to meet this king who had no friends and a host of enemies. In Claire’s experience, the lone wolves were the most dangerous. She’d know—she’d been a loner since she was a kid.

Despite her skepticism, she did as the rabbit said. Claire closed her eyes and focused. A ripple of sensation generated in the pit of her stomach and flared outward. Claire’s eyes flew open and she looked down to find a smirk tugging at the rabbit’s furry face. She headed to her left and the sensation increased. Something wild and urgent built inside of Claire and she quickened her pace, running through the woods as she brushed bright pink bushes and the reaching arms of maroon colored trees aside. Equal parts fear and joy crested inside of her. Claire continued to run and the rabbit hopped along beside her.

“You’re almost there, Claire! Run! He’s waiting for you!”

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Claire pushed herself harder. She felt the weight of eyes upon her but she continued on her track. Through the dense trees and bushes, Claire continued to race. The grass tugged at her feet as though urging her not to go but she ripped free and hurried on. The sensation in her gut spread throughout her body until Claire was suffused with delicious heat. She broke through the dense foliage with a gasp as she spilled out into a large clearing surrounded by more of the bright flowers and strange mushrooms that decorated the forest. A sense of homecoming overwhelmed her and brought tears to Claire’s eyes. She breathed through the intense emotions as she went to her knees.

In the distance, Claire spotted the king. He sat on a high throne, his posture arrogant and regal. Shadows shielded his face from her, but through the darkness, his eyes shone bright silver. Beside her, the rabbit’s chest puffed out with pride.

“Welcome home, your majesty,” he said with a low bow. “Your king awaits.”

“Not my king,” she said, bemused. “I found him for you, not for me. I only want your watch.”

The rabbit looked toward the king and Claire followed his gaze. In one large, strong hand, the king held the rabbit’s gold watch aloft. “Go claim your prize, Claire.”

From the throne, the king’s voice rang out deep and sure, “Mine.”

Claire came awake with a start. Her body hummed and her chest ached. Her breath came in sharp gasps and her muscles burned as though she’d run a couple of miles at full speed. A dream. It was only a dream. Her eyes darted to the clock on her ratty, secondhand bedside table. She’d only meant to lay down for a few minutes. Instead she’d slept the entire evening away. She had work to do tonight. Rent money to make. And it wasn’t going to happen if she stayed at home and laid in bed.

Claire pushed herself up and headed to her closet to find something acceptable to wear. She’d be hitting the club district tonight in hunt of big game. She vowed that tonight was going to be her last hustle and she wanted to make it count. She just hoped she’d find what she was looking for…

Thanks again to Dark Faerie Tales for having me! What’s your favorite fairytale?

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About Kate:

Kate Baxter is a die-hard romantic with a thing for Shakespeare and all things fanged, furry, and undead. She is the author of the True Vampire series. Book 1, THE LAST TRUE VAMPIRE debuts June 2nd, 2015 from St. Martin’s Press.

You can visit Kate around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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The Last True Vampire

Available June 2, 2015 from St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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As Michael’s eyes lit on a female not twenty feet away, he knew without a doubt that it was her blood that called to him and her scent that had awakened him.This female had tethered his soul and returned it to him.

Soul Survivor

He is the last of his race. The one true king of the vampires. Michael Aristov roams the nightclubs of L.A. after dark, haunted by his past and driven by his hunger. The last of the Ancient Ones, he alone has survived the destruction of his race at the hands of the slayers. Now he is forced to hunt and feed like a common vampire, a creature of lust. Nothing in this world can fulfill his needs…until he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever wanted. And more.

Sweet Salvation

Her name is Claire Thompson. Her blood is so sweet, so intoxicating—the smell alone draws Michael to her like a moth to the flame. Sly, sexy, and seductive, Claire seems to be the only mortal who can satisfy his craving and seal his fate…forever. Can she be trusted? From their very first kiss, the last true vampire sweeps Claire into a world in which darkness rules desire—and where falling in love is the greatest danger of all…

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Fantastic Fables: Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara

May 23rd, 2015 Kristie Posted in Fantastic Fables 2 Comments »

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Please welcome author Astrid Amara! Her novel, Song of the Navigator, is a M/M Science Fiction Romance. This novel will be released on May 26, 2015 from Samhain Publishing. Please enjoy her story below!

One lucky reader will win an eBook copy of The Irregulars and another lucky winner will win a Song of the Navigator magnet! This contest is International!

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Hi everyone! So excited to be guest blogging here at Dark Faerie Tales today!

My upcoming release, Song of the Navigator, from Samhain Publishing is a science fiction novel and didn’t lend itself very well to fairy tale magic. So instead I’ve written a little scene starring Agents Deven Shaw and Silas August, Irregulars Agents who are part of a secret organization investigating cases involving magic, fairies, demons, and other-worldly creatures interacting with the human realm. I hope you enjoy – and if you like the characters, read more in the Irregulars Anthology with novellas from myself, Ginn Hale, Josh Lanyon, And Nicole Kimberling at Blind Eye Books.

AND  an e-book copy of Irregulars is being given away as part of the 2015 Fantastic Fables series, so enter the competition below.  Happy reading!

THE BIG BAD AGENT

Deven Shaw was used to not having a clue what was going on around him.

After all, he grew up in the hellish underworld of Aztaw as a human sacrifice-turned-assassin. And years after repatriating himself to the human world, he was still no better at interpreting what was considered “normal” behavior and what was not.

So when entered a small cabin in the woods and found himself eye to eye with a wolf wearing a frilly lace nightgown and sleeping bonnet, he didn’t think this was anything to write home about.

Not that he had a home anyway. Unless you counted NATO Irregular Affairs Division Special Agent Silas August, his husband and the person Deven considered home more than any place or any person in all the worlds.

“Anyone in there?” August called out from the woods.

Deven waved at the wolf in the twee bedroom, then backed out slowly. He closed the front door behind him and made his way down the narrow stone path to August’s side.

“Wolf.”

August blinked. “Wolf?”

“In a nightgown,” Deven clarified.  He shrugged. “Looks pretty cute, as far as wolves go.”

August raised his eyes to the sky, a look Deven was all too familiar with. Ever since they became work partners on behalf of the Irregulars, investigating strange claims and cases of probably magical intervention, Deven had gotten that “you’re an idiot” look at least once a day.

“You want me to ask him why he’s in the old lady’s house?” Deven asked. He grinned. “Or, if you prefer, you could turn on your well-established charm and ask him yourself.”

August made a face. “Enter that spider web-infested firetrap in my Armani suit? No thanks.”

“You’re such a big, bad, agent,” Deven said. “So, based on your worried expression,  I assume you think this wolf in the bed is a bad thing.”

“Yes this is a bad thing, Deven.” August sighed. “It means the girl was right to call us and that her grandmother is indeed in danger. Or more likely dead.”

Deven’s hand twitched for the knife at his belt.

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August narrowed his eyes. “What—“

“Nothing,” Deven said quickly.

“No.”

“Yes?”

No, Deven. No. You don’t get to cut it open.”

“But maybe—“

“She’s not still alive in there. That doesn’t happen in real life.”

Deven pouted. “Real life is so confusing. Besides, last month you said it wasn’t possible for a pumpkin to turn into a car, but when the clock hit midnight—“

“Yes, I’ve been wrong, point taken, but honestly. You are going to slit the wolf in half and hope the old lady is still knitting inside?”

“Maybe.” Deven shrugged. “I don’t know.” He kicked at a stick on the ground. “Worth a shot?”

August sighed, one of those deep, painful, life-regretting sighs, and pulled out his mobile phone. Deven suspected he was calling the Irregulars clean up team judging by the one-sided conversation he overheard.

“…Yeah.  Definitely not your average lupine. Yeah… laying in bed. In a fucking nightgown… he knows we’re here. Copy.  Copy… okay.”

He hung up the phone, then pulled off his dark brown merino wool scarf and carefully laid it over a dry log. He then sat on it, looking dashing and proper and in command. The CEO of the forest.

“They’ll be here in fifteen minutes,” August announced. He crossed his legs.

Deven released the hold on his knife and sat beside August on the log. He wore rugged work pants, so he didn’t care if they caught on the loose bark. He pulled his backpack off and rustle around for his water bottle. He took a sip, and offered one to August.

August took the water bottle and mumbled, “Just another Wednesday detail in the fucking Enchanted Forest.” He handed the bottle back to Deven. “God, one of us needs a promotion.”

“If I killed Agent Ramsey, you’d be next in line for the Paris investigation squad,” Deven offered. He smiled sweetly at August. “Consider it an early birthday present?”

August smirked. “You know I prefer presents that involve you being naked.”

“That can be arranged,” Deven promised.

“And less homicidal,” August added.

Deven held his palm to his chest. “I was joking. I promised you I wouldn’t kill anymore, unless it was absolutely necessary.”

August reached out and tucked a strand of Deven’s dark hair behind Deven’s ear. “My hero.”

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Astrid AmaraAbout Astrid:

Astrid Amara has lived in Maidenhead, England, Jerusalem, Israel, and Bukhara, Uzbekistan, but settled in Bellingham, Washington in the United States because she distrusts the sun. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer and an advocate for animal rights. By day she is a bureaucrat working for The Man. At night, however, she’s either writing, riding her horse, or spending her time with her husband, two goats, and three dogs. She is the author of over sixteen gay speculative or contemporary romance novels, including The Archer’s Heart, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. More details and contact information are on her website.

You can visit Astrid around the web here: Website | Facebook

Want to read more from Astrid Amara?

Song of the NavigatorCarol of the Bellskis Miracle of the BellskisHell Cop Hell Cop 2The Archer's Heart Book One The Archer's Heart Book Two The Archer's Heart Book ThreeHoliday OutingLove Ahead: Expect DelaysSweet and SourHalf PassA Policy of LiesThe Devil LancerThe Valde: WaterIntimate TraitorsDemolishedTwo Tangled TalesIrregulars

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Song of the Navigator

Available May 26, 2015 from Samhain Publishing

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Worst Possible Birthday: Being sold into slavery by none other than your lover.

Tover Duke’s rare ability to move anything instantly across light-years of space makes him a powerful, valuable asset to the Harmony Corporation, and a rock star among the people of the colonies. His life is luxurious. Safe. Routine.

He has his pick of casual hookups passing through Dadelus-Kaku Station. His one brush with danger of any kind — the only bright spot in his otherwise boring life — is Cruz Arcadio, a dark-haired, hard-bodied engineer whose physical prowess hints he’s something much more.

When a terrorist abducts Tover, hurling him into a world of torture, exploitation and betrayal, it’s with shattering disbelief that he realizes his kidnapper is none other than Cruz. As Tover struggles to find the courage to escape his bondage, he begins to understand the only way to free his body, his mind—and his heart—is to trust the one man who showed him that everything about his once-perfect life was a lie.

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Event Annoucement & Giveaways: Fantastic Fables 2015!

May 22nd, 2015 Kristie Posted in Fantastic Fables 34 Comments »

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Dark Faerie Tales has an exciting month of giveaways and stories planned for the entire month of May! Fantastic Fables is an event where we ask authors to take their favorite fairytale/fable and twist it into their universe using characters from their novels. Please check out the authors we have in store you for all month long! Also, we have several giveaways to enter now!

  • Saving Her Destiny by Candice Gilmer – 2 Lucky winners will each receive a copy of Saving Her Destiny or a backlist title of their choice! This contest is provided by Candice Gilmer. Open to US only!
  • Witches with the Enemy – Barb Hendee – 3 Lucky winners will each receive a copy of Witches with the Enemy! This contest is provided by Barb Hendee. Open to US only!
  • Win the entire Roaring Twenties series by Jenn Bennett – 1 Lucky winner will win the entire trilogy (Bitter Spirits, Grim Shadows & Grave Phantoms)! This contest is provided by Penguin/Random House. Open to US only!

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Saving Her DestinyWitches With The EnemyGrave PhantomsPirates AlleyMarked For MagicLoose ChangelingHer Wild HeroNight of the Highland DragonHeart MatesVictory of the HawkThe Silver WitchBite at First SightDark InstinctsEbanThe Shattered CourtThe City BeneathThe Wild GirlWitches Be BurnedUnbearable DesireHunted WarriorNight of the Living Demon SlayerPiercing the DarknessSong of the NavigatorThe Last True VampireThe Talon of the HawkClockwork CrownBlood StitchesWaking the DragonSinger of DeathShards of HopeThe Shadow Revolution

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Contest #1 is provided by Candice Gilmer!

2 Lucky Readers will win Saving Her Destiny or a Candice Gilmer backlist title of their choice!
(US only)

Saving Her Destiny

Available June 2, 2015 from Samhain Publishing

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Sometimes the future comes knocking. Sometimes it knocks you into next week.

Fairy-In-Distress team member Duncan Molar’s mission is as simple as it is desperate. Find his missing best friend, banshee Cara Wallace, before an assassin lights the magical fuse that will unlock her scream, wiping out the last merrow colony on earth.

Since the day he rescued her from a fishing net, the near-victim of her very first scream, they’ve been joined at the hip, he helping her with her telepathy, she helping him remember the beautiful side of being a fairy.

When he finds her, the crisis isn’t over, for the unreleased scream could kill her…unless he gets her to a remote location and figures out a way to release it safely. The solution blows them so far apart, Duncan’s back to square one. Doing whatever he has to—including sacrificing his job with the FID—in order to save her.

Because secretly, he’s been in love with her for a decade.

Warning: A determined fairy, a banshee-in-distress, and a djinn that will only make matters worse.

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Witches With The Enemy

Available May 5, 2015 from Roc/Penguin

About this Book:

The national bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches returns to a world of princes and power, magic and mystery, where two women have the ability to reveal the future and uncover the past…

When seers Céline and Amelie Fawe fled Shetâna under threat of death, they vowed never to return. Yet, less than a year later, they are summoned back—to aid the man who once tried to kill them.… The cruel prince Damek is on the verge of closing marriage negotiations with the powerful family of a young noblewoman when his intended’s sister is murdered. To keep the engagement from falling through, Damek must expose the killer quickly—and he needs the seers’ powers to do so. Though the Fawes’ patron, Prince Anton, fears that bringing Céline and Amelie to Shetâna places them in grave danger, he is honor-bound to help his brother Damek. Only none of them is prepared for the peril that awaits them at Castle Kimovesk—for someone in the court is determined to prevent the marriage from happening, no matter how deadly the cost…

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Bitter SpiritsGrim ShadowsGrave Phantoms

Available May 5, 2015 from Berkley/Penguin

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From the author of Grim Shadows and Bitter Spirits comes the new Roaring Twenties novel in the series hailed as “Boardwalk Empire meets Ghost Hunters, but so much better” (Molly Harper, national bestselling author of the Jane Jameson series).

Feisty flapper Astrid Magnusson is home from college and yearning for the one thing that’s always been off limits: Bo Yeung, her notorious bootlegging brother’s second-in-command. Unfortunately her dream of an easy reunion proves difficult after a violent storm sends a mysterious yacht crashing into the Magnussons’ docks. What’s worse, the boat disappeared a year ago, and the survivors are acting strangely…

Bo has worked with the Magnusson family for years, doing whatever is needed, including keeping his boss’s younger sister out of trouble—and his hands to himself. Of course, that isn’t so easy after Astrid has a haunting vision about the yacht’s disappearance, plunging them into an underground world of old money and dark magic. Danger will drive them closer together, but surviving their own forbidden feelings could be the bigger risk.

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Fantastic Fables: Piercing The Darkness by Angela Dennis

May 22nd, 2015 Kristie Posted in Fantastic Fables 5 Comments »

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Please welcome author Angela Dennis! Piercing the Darkness is a novella set in her Shadow Born world. This novel is set after the first two novels in this urban fantasy series. Piercing the Darkness was released on April 7, 2015 from Samhain Publishing. Please enjoy her Sleeping Beauty tale below! Want to know our thoughts on the first novel in this series? Read the review for Shadows of Fate here.

One lucky reader will win a $10 Amazon gift card and an electronic copy of one of the books in Angela’s backlist, including Piercing the Darkness. This contest is US only.

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I am so excited to be participating in Fantastical Tales. A fairytale incorporating two of my favorite characters from the Shadow Born Series, what could be better?  Thanks so much for having me today, I hope you enjoy my spin on Sleeping Beauty…Shadow Born style.

Hilda sank onto the ground, holding her injured hand in her lap. The world was spinning like a whirly top on tile—erratic and off kilter.  She squeezed her eyes closed and counted backwards from ten. But when she opened them, she felt worse. If she didn’t know better, she’d think it was from blood loss. But all she’d done was prick her finger.  It shouldn’t hurt this much, or be bleeding this badly.

She stumbled to her knees, cursing as her naked skin scraped the jagged wooden floor. One of these days Brenna was going to kill someone with her damn antique collection. That rusty ass spindle was going in the fire. Then she was going to drag herself downstairs and give that Shadow Bearer a piece of her mind.

But the harder she tried to move, the worse she felt. Her eyes were so heavy. It was a trial to keep them open. And her body…it felt like she’d had a few too many beers chased with some sleeping pills.

Her legs gave out and she tumbled onto the floor, her head hitting the ground with a loud thunk. She tried to pull herself up, but her arms wouldn’t cooperate. They hung at her sides, dead and useless. She tried to scream, but her tongue was like stone, plastered to the inside of her mouth. All she could do was lay there, heart pounding, and stare at the thick wooden planks in the ceiling until the world went black.

Shadows of FateFading Light

“You’re wearing the rug thin. Do you have any idea how long it took me to find that in the Underground? Sit down or leave, but if you cross this room one more time, I’m going to scalp you.”  Keegan threw himself onto the sofa and crossed his arm.

“Shut it, Keegan. You’re a dragon. Didn’t expect you to be so vested in the furniture.” Cade glanced at his watch. Hilda was never late. He grabbed his drink from the fireplace mantle and took a long drink. “If I want to pace, I’ll pace.”

“One more time, Cade. That’s all it’ll take.” Keegan leaned forward and grinned. “Let’s go, Romeo. Make my day.”

Cade slammed his cup down. “You are a pain in the ass. I have no idea why Brenna lets you stay.”

Keegan’s grin grew wider. “Cause she needs me. I’m irreplaceable.”  He winked.  “Your little witch loves me too. If you hadn’t been here when she came out of the Void, she’d have been all about the dragon.”  He puffed up his chest. “Nothing beats a little fire in the bedroom.”

Cade ignored him. Keegan liked to hear himself talk, even when no one was listening. And he liked to push people’s buttons—no he liked to stomp on them until he got a reaction. But he wasn’t going to get one today. Cade turned his back on the dragon, intending to leave the room, when there was a loud crash from the top of the house.

Keegan jumped to his feet. “What the hell was that?”

Hilda. Something had happened to Hilda. Cade raced to the staircase, taking the steps three at a time. On the second level, he caught his breath and began to search every room. Keegan hovered only a few steps behind.

After shutting the door on the final room, Cade leaned against the doorframe. “There’s nothing here.”

Keegan closed his eyes. Cade imagined he was focusing, trying to find whatever had made the noise, but he also could have gone to sleep. With him you never knew.  But dragons were the finders of things so, as much as he hated to admit it, Keegan was his best bet.

It took a few extended minutes, but eventually Keegan opened his eyes. “Attic. Hilda’s in the attic. Took me a minute to find her, she smells…off.”

Cade had stopped listening.  The stairs to the attic were hidden in a closet at the far end of the hallway. When he pulled open the door, he saw they were extended. Someone was definitely up there.  He was about half-way up when he saw Hilda.  Pale as the ghost she had once been, she lay prone on the dusty wooden floor. Her arms were spread above her head and her one of her fingers was bleeding.

He cleared that final rung and moved to her side. Kneeling, he pulled her into his arms. “Hilda,” he said, shaking her gently. “Are you okay?”

“Seriously? Is she okay? She’s unconscious.” Keegan stopped beside them, waving a hand in front of Hilda’s face. “Out cold. Probably bumped her head. Take her to Brenna. She’s a healer.”  About that time Hilda let out a snore that nearly shook the rafters. Keegan jumped back. “I know she’s hot, but how do you sleep with that?”

Cade bit back a sharp reply. He didn’t have time to argue with Keegan. Something was seriously wrong with Hilda and he needed to find out what.  First step was to get her out of here. He lifted her in his arms and carried her down the ladder to their room. After he had placed on her the larger feather bed, he turned to Keegan. “Stay here. Guard her. If you leave this room, I’ll rip your balls off.”

“Nice.” Keegan shook his head. “Threaten to castrate the dragon. ‘Cause that’s going to win you brownie points.”

Cade ignored him. Keegan preferred violence. It was the only language he could relate to. He could still hear Keegan complaining as he walked down the stairs, out the back door, and into the courtyard. He’d seen Brenna escape here earlier. Sure enough, she was curled up on a bench practicing her magic.

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He stopped before her, unsure how to explain. “Hilda’s snoring and I can’t wake her up. Keegan says she smells weird.”  He grimaced, realizing he sounded like a toddler. But he was worried, damn it. How was he supposed to be eloquent?

Brenna sat up, her eyes alert and focused. “Did you find her in the attic?”

“Yeah.” Cade watched her closely. “Why?”

“Was her finger bleeding?”

“Yeah.”  What the hell was going on?

Brenna sighed with relief. “Go kiss her. It’ll be fine.”

“What?”  He stared at her, pretty sure she had lost her mind.

“It’s the spindle.  Gray found it in the Underground a few years back. You know that fairytale, Sleeping Beauty?”

He shook his head. He had no idea what she was talking about.

“Princess pricks her finger, falls into an endless sleep.”  She stared at him for a moment then shook her head. “Just go kiss her. If you’re her Prince Charming, you’ll wake her up. If not, you’ve got bigger issues.

He had no choice but to believe her, so he returned to Hilda’s side and, after kicking Keegan into the hallway and locking the door, knelt beside her. Brushing her blond hair from her face, he leaned over and whispered against her lips, “I love you.” Then he kissed her. It was a simple kiss, one he’d given her so many times before, but this time something magical happened. The spell was broken. She opened her eyes and kissed him back.

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Angela DennisAbout Angela:

Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex. When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.

You can visit Angela around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Piercing the Darkness

Available April 7, 2015 from Samhain Publishing

About this Book:

Love knows no bounds.

Cursed by the dark mage who killed her, Hilda Janssen has wandered the Earthly plane as a ghost for fifty years, finally finding her place as an IRT hunter, policing supernatural misfits trapped on Earth after a brutal war.

When a demon attacks, putting her team in mortal danger, Hilda sacrifices herself to save her friends. She’s already died once; what difference will doing it again make? But instead of meeting a final death, Hilda is cast into the Void, a magical prison from which there is no escape.

Her only hope is Cade Kerrigan, the lover she left behind after her first death. Their bond and his magic are the only things strong enough to pull her through the Veil. But Cade has no idea his soulmate came back as a ghost, and he isn’t too happy to have been left in the dark.

They must put aside the baggage of the past to save Hilda from a fate worse than death.

Warning: Contains star-crossed lovers destined for a second chance, a whirlwind of powerful magic, and a love so strong it defies even death.

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Fantastic Fables: Night of the Living Demon by Angie Fox

May 21st, 2015 Kristie Posted in Fantastic Fables 17 Comments »

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Please welcome author Angie Fox! Her newest novel, Night of the Living Demon Slayer, will be released on May 31st! Night of the Living Demon Slayer is the seventh novel in the paranormal romance/urban fantasy Demon Slayer series.

At the bottom of this post, enter for a chance to win an e-ARC of Night of the Living Demon Slayer.  A huge thank you to Angie for this giveaway!

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Thanks for letting me come and play during the Fantastic Fables event. My name is Angie Fox and I write the Accidental Demon Slayer books, about a former preschool teacher who learns she’s a demon slayer and now rides with her Grandma’s gang of biker witches. Happens all the time, right?

The latest book is Night of the Living Demon Slayer. It takes place in New Orleans as Lizzie and the gang run up against an evil voodoo church. I’m going to go ahead and pull Lizzie and her magical talking dog, Pirate, out of the book so that they can relax for a few minutes and talk to us. Here they are:

Lizzie: Where are we? What happened to the ghosts and the cemetery and the bones?

Pirate: Bones? There were bones? Why didn’t anybody tell me that?

Angie the author: Focus, you two. You’re embarrassing me. This is your chance to meet some really cool readers who like books as much as we do. But you can’t just stand there. I’m going to put you into a fairy tale called Beauty and the Beast.

Pirate: Okay, but I’m beauty.

Lizzie: More like an ungrateful beast.

Pirate: That wasn’t nice. Now you must pet me.

[Lizzie does.]

Pirate (rolling over onto his back): Here. I’ll make it easier for you to reach my soft tummy.

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Angie the author: Beauty and the beast is a story about how you need to love what’s on the inside and not on the outside.

Pirate: I already do that. I’m a dog.

Angie the author: Fair enough. What about you, Lizzie?

Lizzie: I can’t help that I’m in love with a hot, Greek shapeshifting griffin. But I’d be crazy about Dimitri even without his wicked smile…and his six pack…moving down to his—

Angie the author: Never mind. We get the idea. Love triumphs over all. It’s why we enjoy paranormal romance so much. I mean, who doesn’t get excited about a happy ending?

Lizzie: You put me back with Dimitri and I guarantee a very, very happy ending.

Angie the author: Someone needs a love scene. Good thing I know how to make that happen. And now to the readers, thanks so much for hanging out with us here on Fantastic Fables. I’m really excited about Lizzie, Dimitri, and their adventures. In fact, I’d love to give away an Advanced Reading Copy of Night of the Living Demon Slayer here on the blog. The new book releases on May 31!

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Angie FoxAbout Angie:

You can visit Angie around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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The Accidental Demon Slayer The Dangerous Book for Demo... A Tale of Two Demon Slayers Last of the Demon Slayers My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wed... Beverly Hills Demon Slayer Night of the Living Demon S...Immortally Yours Immortally Embraced Immortally Ever AfterSouthern SpiritsI Brake for Biker Witches

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Night of the Living Demon Slayer

About this Book:

Lizzie Brown is all for letting the good times roll…until a dark voodoo church rises up in the bayou outside of New Orleans. Now the ritual fires are burning long into the night and the dead are having a hard time staying that way.

Lizzie goes in undercover to put a stop to the madness. Good thing she’s got her sexy shape-shifter husband behind her, as well as her Grandma’s gang of biker witches. Too bad nobody’s watching Pirate the dog, who has become way too friendly with the phantom haunting a long-forgotten Victorian séance room.

Secrets and spirits abound. Nothing is what it seems. And when legions of the dead threaten the city, there may be no stopping them.

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