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Sneak Peek & Giveaway: Ensnared by A.G. Howard

May 23rd, 2014 Bridget Posted in Guest Post 47 Comments »

AG HowardI can’t fully express how excited I am to be part of this awesome cover reveal.  I’m not going to lie, when I got the email asking our blog to participate, I couldn’t stop myself from squealing just a little bit. Not only did it mean we get to see the cover, but it also means we are getting closer to the release of Ensnared! The third novel in the Splintered series will be released next year on January 6, 2015!

The covers in this series have been some of my all time favorites. With their vibrant colors and attention to detail, they are very eye catching. But these books don’t just have beautiful covers they also have such a wonderful and unique story inside. There are a few reviewers on our team that have read this series and we are all obsessed with it. Now let’s get to why you are really here today so you can see another piece of the puzzle. Anita has also graciously offered a wonderful international giveaway that you should be sure to enter. To enter the giveaway, check below the cut!

About A.G. Howard:

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

You can visit A.G. around the web here:

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr Pinterest | Goodreads

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Welcome to day three! For the entire reveal schedule, go here.

Let’s check out Puzzle Piece #3 of Ensnared’s official cover…

Ensnared Puzzle Piece #3

Queen Red has a huge role in book 3. But, these cards aren’t representative of her. Not everyone’s aware of it, but in Carroll’s original tales, the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts were two separate individuals with separate storylines. I wanted to pay tribute to that detail in my series, so the Queen of Hearts also has a part in Ensnared. And true to Splintered form, she’s morbid, gruesome, and cruel.

In honor of her royal creepiness, today’s prize pack consists of 1 evil Queen of Hearts bookmark:

Queen of Hearts Bookmark

And a quirky, gothic Queen of Hearts 2.5” pin:

Queen of Hearts Pin

Good luck with the giveaway! Have a great weekend, and join us again Monday, May 25th, at Mundie Moms, for another glimpse of the cover and a teaser about who’s on it.

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About Ensnared:

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world—-a parallel dimension filled with mutated and sadistic netherling outcasts.

In the final installment of the Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But even if everyone succeeds and comes out alive, can they all truly have their happily ever after?

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Guest Post: One Hot Knight by Christy Gissendaner

August 2nd, 2013 Kristie Posted in Guest Post 4 Comments »

Author Christy Gissendaner is visiting Dark Faerie Tales with a guest post that ties into her newest novel. One Hot Knight is a paranormal romance about a Crusader who has been trapped in a canine body for nine centuries. For more information, check out the guest post below and One Hot Knight which is available now from Entangled: Covet!

About Christy:

Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand.

She lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons and is always hard at work on her next novel, but in her spare time she loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation!

Christy also writes historical romance as Robin Danner. Check her out here.

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

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The Dog Days of Summer

Guest Post by Christy Gissendaner

It’s no secret. I’m a dog lover. Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend got it wrong. Man’s best friend…or in this case, woman’s…is a dog.

Unfortunately my luck hasn’t always been with me when it comes to my pets. Take Shaggy, for instance. My first dog. Apparently someone took Take Shaggy a bit too literally. We went on vacation one summer and when we returned, our beloved family pet was missing. What makes it even worse, my dad found him a few days later at a house down the road, but the people refused to give him up. Cruel, right?

For a few years, we lived doggy-free. But then came Pooter Man. (Yes, we named him Pooter.) He was only with us a year, but this little terrier mixed-breed dug his way into our hearts. The entire Gissendaner clan doted on him. He would come visit me when I was away at college the summer before senior year. I still remember saying Bye to him that last time. When I got the call early the next morning that he’d been run over, my poor heart broke. I swore then and there I would never, ever, ever have another pet. It was just too hard. Watching My Dog Skip a few weeks later was the biggest mistake ever. (If you’ve ever seen the movie or read the book, you’ll know what I mean.)

But somehow my family ended up with ten more dogs. Long story, but out of the gaggle of pups came my precious Oreo girl. One look into the chocolate brown eyes of the terrier/lab mix and I was hooked. To say I loved Oreo, and she me, would be an understatement. She followed me everywhere, growled when she first met my boyfriend (who would soon become my husband) for getting too close to me, jumped all over me when I came home from work. She was more than just a pet. She was my heart.

Oreo

August 20, 2009. Even now I can’t think of the day without boo-hooing. I was five months pregnant with my third son and just arrived at work when the text came. My friend noticed a dog lying by the side of our road and wondered if it was one of ours. I thought “Surely it can’t be. My dogs are inside fences.” Somehow I knew though. I’d had that same weird moment when I said Bye to her that morning that I’d had several years before with Pooter. At first I couldn’t see her (she liked to dig holes and hide in them), so I called her name. She popped out, tail waggling, as I left for work. It couldn’t have been fifteen minutes later that the dreaded text arrived.

Heartbroken, I had my cousin go check for me. When the official news came that it was indeed Oreo, my entire world collapsed.

My brother and my husband buried her. These two grown men even shed tears over my loss. Sometimes I wish it had been me to bury her, but I wouldn’t have been able to handle it. You would probably have to be a dog lover to understand, but not a day passes when I don’t miss her. I always will.

My latest release, One Hot Knight, was dedicated to Oreo. People may say I’m crazy for dedicating a book to a dog, but if ever there was a dog story to be told, it would be hers. I don’t want to give anything away, but there is an homage to Oreo within the book. But I promise Yves’ story (the dog knight) is a fun one with a guaranteed happy ending! It’s no less than any dog deserves.

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Available July 22, 2013 from Entangled: Covet

About this Book:

Stupid curse!

Yves Sucat was a Crusader trapped in a canine body…until a beautiful twenty-first century dog groomer offered the missing link to break his spell. But Regina Patterson was no fluffy-headed female who would instantly melt at Yves’ silvery seduction. The more time he spent with the tender-hearted blonde, the less he was able to keep his paws—hands!—off of her.

Regina was much more comfortable with dogs than men, and the stunningly handsome – stunningly male – knight who now shared her apartment was no exception. She’d hoped to find a man as loyal as the pooches she pampered day after day, but would Yves’s broken curse end with her own broken heart?

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Guest Post & Giveaway: Dragonfly by Erica Hayes

December 6th, 2012 Angela Posted in Guest Post 14 Comments »

We are pleased to have author Erica Hayes here today to talk about Evil Lairs, in honor of her newest contribution to the romantic Sci-fi genre.  Dragonfly is the first book in this science fiction series and is available now. Quick, go get it!  Read Sheila’s review here.

Thanks to Erica Hayes, we are giving away a $20 gift certificate to Amazon!

About Erica:

Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy writer. She writes dark paranormal romance, urban fantasy and romantic science fiction, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colorful heroes with dark secrets.

She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behind her. Currently, she’s terrorizing the wilds of Northumberland.

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

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Hellcursed (Shadowfae, #0.5)ShadowfaeShadowglassPoison KissedBlood CursedRevelationHex Appeal (Phoenix Chronic...Hunter's Blood

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Hello everyone! Thanks to Sheila for inviting me to Dark Faerie Tales to celebrate my new romantic sci-fi book, DRAGONFLY. I’m stoked to be here!

Creating your own Evil Empire

The Evil Empire is a must-have in space opera. Whether it’s a military dictatorship, a ruthless corporate dominion or a galaxy-wide cult of religious nutbags, one thing is clear: empires are the way of the future. And eeevilness! goes without saying. No point having all that power if you’re nice to everybody.

Also, our sci-fi good guys – who, let’s face it, aren’t all that virtuous – need something vast, corrupt and unimaginably eeevil! to fight. Someone who makes them look good by comparison. After all, one girl’s crew of sexy rebels on a rusty planet-hopper is another girl’s galactic terror cell. It’s a blurred line.

So: how to go about setting up your own Evil Empire? Well, you’ll need a figurehead in charge – that’s you! Get yourself a lair – preferably a sexy space cruiser or an impregnable station of enormous power – and a cool, evil-looking costume. Black robes are good, or a shiny leather suit or iron carapace. If you can speak with a British accent, that’s a plus.

If you possibly can, get a vast spaceship fleet and millions of obedient minions. Brainwash them if you have to, or feed them mind-altering drugs, or inject them with a mutant nano-virus that turns them into mindless drones. You can even clone them from your favourite bounty hunter or other wicked scumbag, if you’re patient and have the cash.

Magical powers come in handy, to strike fear into your staff and terrify potential rebels. If you can use the Force, that’s a great start. If not, pretend you can. Or find everyone who really can, and slaughter them right away.

And of course, a loyal henchman (or henchwoman) is a must – a powerful, ultra-nasty villain who you can send out to crush all opposition, so you won’t get your hands dirty. Just take care that he/she doesn’t steal your Empire out from under you.

Looking for some examples on which to model your Empire? I present four popular Evil Empires, graded from 1 to 10 for Evilness! and Effectiveness. Let the darkness begin!

 

The Galactic Empire (Star Wars)

Rule by virtue of: the Death Star, enormous spaceships, and storm troopers who can’t hit the side of a barn.

Figurehead: Emperor Palpatine. Looks like a skeleton and shoots lightning from his fingertips. Chances his Empire isn’t evil? Slim.

The real bad guy: Darth Vader, force-choker extraordinaire. He finds your lack of faith disturbing.

Evilness: 9/10. Would be a ten, if they’d only raise the bar at storm trooper recruitment. “This door’s locked. Let’s move on.” Uh-huh.

Effectiveness: 5/10. Sadly, the Old Republic is barely limp in its grave when Vader is defeated. Fail.

The Peacekeepers (Farscape)

Rule by virtue of: cool uniforms and a solid work ethic that involves ‘recreation’, forced breeding, and taking kids away from their parents to brainwash them. Nice guys.

Figurehead: Captain Crais, specialising in pigtails, smarmy smiles, and murdering amorous subordinates. Ruthless and quite cool, just not very smart.

The real bad guy: Scorpius, fetish-leather-wearer and all-round fun guy. Ruthless, cool and very smart. Bonus points for being a half-breed cyborg.

Evilness: 6/10. Secretly, we kind of like them. That’s not very evil.

Effectiveness: 8/10. They do okay, until the super-powered aliens arrive.

The Necromongers (Chronicles of Riddick)

Rule by virtue of: killing everyone in the entire universe who won’t submit. Simple, but effective.

Figurehead: Karl Urban in a sexy metal suit. With a truly epic mullet.

The real bad guy: religious nutbag-ism.

Evilness: 10/10. These freaks would rather die than let you live in peace. Reason can’t compete with that. Bonus evil points for the best big-head-shaped spaceship ever.

Effectiveness: 9/10. Only the singular ultra-coolness of Vin Diesel can defeat them. No shame in that!

The Borg (Star Trek)

Rule by virtue of: adding your biological and technological distinctiveness to their own. No, really. They mean it.

Figurehead: the Borg Queen.

The real bad guy: drones. Millions and millions of indefatigable drones.

Evilness: 8/10. Zombies in space. Bonus evil points for being mindless and utterly indiscriminate.

Effectiveness: 7/10. Would be higher, but for getting whupped by Species 8472. Interdimensional stick insects. Honestly.

 

So there you have it. Do-it-yourself Evil Empire. For extra pointers and to avoid potential traps, be sure to carefully peruse the Evil Overlord List.

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Dragonfly (#1) by Erica Hayes

Available December 1, 2012 from Pan Macmillan Australia/Momentum

About this Book:

Carrie Thatcher is a tough Imperial counter-terrorism agent. Her mission: pose as a sexy cyber-thief to entrap the notorious rebel Dragonfly, who’s planning a heist on the space station Casa de Esperanza – an orbital casino on the fringe of Imperial space.

And this assignment’s personal: Dragonfly murdered her closest friend, and she’s in no mood to show him mercy. Even getting stuck with the partner from hell—Malachite, her sociopathic ex-lover and the Empire’s most dangerous agent—can’t dampen her relish for the kill.

With Carrie’s expert weapons skills and penchant for cracking codes, insinuating herself into Dragonfly’s confidence should be easy. But is he the ruthless killer she was led to believe? Or has her precious Empire deceived her? With Malachite watching her every move, the slightest flinch in loyalty means death.

Carrie is soon racing to uncover an audacious treachery that will shock the Empire to its core … if she can stay alive for long enough to expose it.

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Guest Post & Giveaway: Break Out by Nina Croft

October 18th, 2012 Kristie Posted in Guest Post 14 Comments »

Today we have the pleasure of having author Nina Croft stop by at Dark Faerie Tales. Nina has written an interesting post about immortality. Break Out, the first book in the Blood Hunter series, was released in paperback in August. Deadly Pursuit, the second book in the series, is available now as an eBook. The paperback version will be released on December 11, 2012. You can read an excerpt of the book here. Want to know our thoughts on Break Out? Read Sheila’s review here.

At the end of this post we will be giving away a digital copy of Break Out. Thanks to Nina Croft for today’s giveaway!

About Nina:

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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

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 Break OutDeadly PursuitTiger of TalmareBound to NightBound To MoonlightChosenThe CallingEnchantmentExiledBlackmailed by the Italian ...The ProphecyThe DarknessMid-Winter Magic

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Who wants to live forever…

Me! I do!

I suppose I might change my mind in a few thousand years, but until then it seems a better option than the alternative.

I’m Nina Croft, and I write all sorts of romance but usually with a speculative element. Sometime science fiction, sometimes paranormal, or—as with my Blood Hunter series—a combination of the two.

The Blood Hunter series is essentially science fiction romance with a paranormal twist. The books are fast, fun and sexy, but there is a more serious underlying theme as well, that of man’s fear of death and search for immortality, whether through science, religion or by some paranormal means.

The idea of immortality, and the price people would be willing to pay to obtain it, has always fascinated me, and I believe it’s one of the things that draws people to paranormal. It’s part of the lure of the vampire—the fact that they cannot die (well not easily anyway). It’s certainly one of the main things that draws me to the paranormal as a writer

The Blood Hunter series takes place in a future when man has fled to the stars and there they have discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian—a rare substance available to only a few and a new class has evolved. The Collective are super rich and immortal, they rule the universe. And just about everyone is desperate to earn enough money to pay for the Meridian treatment.

Break Out (#1) by Nina Croft

The books follow the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space ship El Cazador de la Sangre (which is Spanish for The Blood Hunter). In book one, Break Out, Ricardo Sanchez, my hero, is the owner and pilot of the ship. Unlike most of the civilized universe, Rico isn’t interested in Meridian. He doesn’t need it, because he’s already immortal. Rico is a vampire and has lived a long time (he was born on Earth in the middle ages).

The price Rico paid for immortality is that he lives with a darkness inside him—a darkness that craves blood and death. He’s accepted it, and has a code, which he tries to live by, and most of the time he succeeds. He’s also found that plenty of sex helps keep the darkness at bay, and that’s really not a problem for him, because Rico likes sex.

The other powerful faction in my future world is the church, and book two, Deadly Pursuit, looks at the church’s role in more detail. The church had almost vanished until the discovery of Meridian. Now in the aftermath, it has reemerged stronger than ever, because everyone wants to live forever but very few can afford Meridian. The church offers an alternative form of immortality, if not quite as reliable.

Finally, book three, Death Defying, tells Tannis’s story. Tannis, the captain of El Cazador, will take on just about any job as long as the price is right, because she’s desperate to get the treatment and become one of the exalted Collective. Tannis’s story explores further the price of immortality, because the Collective are going to find that the price is higher than they thought. And some of them are going to decide it’s too high.

So what do you think? Would you like to live forever? And just how much would you be willing to pay? Let me know for a chance to win an ecopy of Break Out.

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One lucky winner will receive a digital copy of Break Out

Break Out (#1) by Nina Croft

Available August 14, 2012 from Entangled Publishing

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The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

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Guest Post & Giveaway: The Moonstone and Miss Jones by Jillian Stone

October 8th, 2012 Kristie Posted in Guest Post 17 Comments »

Please join us in welcoming author Jillian Stone here today to Dark Faerie Tales. Jillian was able to get an exclusive interview with Phaeton Black, the leading man in her Paranormal Investigator steampunk romance series, The Moonstone and Miss Jones. The second book in this series was recently released on September 25, 2012. You can read an excerpt from the book hereThis series is also featured in our UF/Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge 2012.

A huge thanks to Jillian for today’s giveaway! Entry details are listed in the post.

About Jillian:

Jillian Stone is the author of The Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series, which includes The Seduction of Phaeton Black, and the just released, The Moonstone and Miss Jones. The third sequel, The Miss Education of Doctor Exeter, is scheduled to release in summer 2013. Jillian is also the author of The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series. Watch for A Private Duel with Agent Gunn in late November!

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

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The Seduction of Phaeton BlackThe Moonstone and Miss JonesAn Affair with Mr. KennedyA Dangerous Liaison with De...Lesson in Chemistry with In...A Private Duel with Agent Gunn

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An interview with Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator: More on the just released, The Moonstone and Miss Jones.

Jillian: “How would you describe the paranormal side of the plot in The Moonstone and Miss Jones?”

Phaeton: “Ah yes, Phaeton and America part deux: a tale of two Londons. Well, where do I begin…upon our return to London, we quickly discover an alternate future London––one that is sucking the bloody life out of my city, the dark, and often dreary metropolis of 1889––the one I know and love. For lack of a better name, we often refer to this parallel city as Outremer London, admittedly, a rather hasty use of the French word meaning ‘distant lands beyond the sea.’ But then, when one is on the run from Skeezicks, Reapers and other strange dregs––what’s a paranormal investigator to do, but choose an overly romantic name for such an odd phenomena?”

Jillian: “I manage to introduce a number of new characters. Some of them, like the Nightshades, help you battle the strange Outremer creatures. Still others…well who knows if they are friend or foe? All of them are interested in one thing, and one thing alone.”

Phaeton: “The Moonstone. As I said, we’re under attack by these strange creatures who plague 1889 London, and, well, I suppose there’s no other way to explain it, but things appear to be unraveling––on both sides. With the help from the Nightshades, Miss Jones and I venture into this alternate London to extract the Moonstone and close the rabbit hole between the two worlds. Plot-wise, this is all I will reveal, and suffice it to say, Miss Jones and I have our own issues to work out, as well. The series reader has a new flock of characters to get to know and dare I say––the story continues well beyond The Moonstone and Miss Jones…”

Jillian: “What exactly are these issues you and America Jones have to work out?”

Phaeton: “I will reveal this much––we take turns being angry at one another, but the sex is lively––an RT reviewer’s warning: SCORCHER. The story picks up a few months after The Seduction of Phaeton Black. If you recall­­, America and I sail off into the sunset happily ever after––or at least happy for now. Then, in The Moonstone and Miss Jones I am quite rudely shanghaied in Shanghai. America, rightly or wrongly, believes I abandoned ship and chases me back to London. Needless to say, the moment she catches up to me, we become entangled in a nefarious plot by powerful Outremer moguls of industry to recover the Moonstone, and the one person in 1889 London who can unleash its energy and save both worlds.”

Jillian: “And who might that be, the author asks with a grin?”

Phaeton: “Who do you think?” Phaeton winks.

Just for Commenters:

Jillian: “Phaeton, do you have a question for commenters? Something you’ve always wanted to ask the romance reader?”

Phaeton: “This will likely cause a lovely blush to the reader’s cheeks, but I can’t resist. I love it when America teases me and is somewhat sexually aggressive. Not long ago, on another blog––far, far away in cyber space––a commenter told a story about a first date kiss. I found it unbelieveably hot. She wrote: ‘I grabbed the front of his jacket and pulled him in for a kiss.’ The lucky bloke became her husband! So tell me, my darlings, what naughty bit of first date kissing can you share?

Jillian: “As a special treat for commenters today, Phaeton Black will be answering your comments––so prepare to fall in love!”

To celebrate the release of book #2, I will be giving away a signed copy of the  readers choice: The Seduction of Phaeton Black or The Moonstone and Miss Jones to a lucky commenter chosen at random.

Thanks to Kristie at Dark Faerie Tales. Love this blog! Jillian

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This giveaway is provided by Jillian Stone

One lucky winner will receive either a signed copy of The Seduction of Phaeton Black or The Moonstone and Miss Jones

Available September 25, 2012 from Kensington Brava

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A master of paranormal deduction—and paramour seduction—Phaeton Black has a knack for bumping into things that go bump in the night, from ghoulies and ghosties to long-leggedy beauties…

Mooning For The Moonstone

Barely escaping the clutches of a succulent succubus, Phaeton Black returns to London only to get sucked into another unearthly scheme. Professor Lovecraft has been tinkering with the secrets of life and death, replacing body parts with the latest mechanical marvels. To succeed, he needs to tap the power of the fabled Moonstone—and he needs Phaeton’s help. Of course, Phaeton would prefer to investigate the more interesting body parts of Miss America Jones. Perhaps, bringing his lady friend along for the ride won’t be to too much trouble…

Shanghaied In Shanghai

The bewilderingly beautiful and bountifully gifted daughter of a Cajun witch, Miss Jones is always up for an adventure, especially with Mr. Black as her traveling companion. But when Phaeton is mysteriously shanghaied in Shanghai, America thinks he’s run out on her. Stranded in the Orient—and steaming mad—she’s prepared to look under every stone for the missing detective. The case has put them both in the most compromising positions, but this time, Miss Jones is on top and Mr. Black is at the bottom…of a truly infernal plot.

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