Raul Santiago, the alpha of his pack, had not followed his father’s advice never to fall in love with a human. Exhausted after his long day at work, he headed home to find his girlfriend, Angelica, was gone. Gone, in the same way his mother had left when he was very young. Raul’s career was private investigating and bounty hunting, and he was determined to use every one of his skills to find Angelica and bring her back to him. (more…)
Michaela Grant was suffering from a brain aneurysm and decided to visit Scotland on what would probably be her last vacation. Following the advice of her landlady, Michaela went down to the pier to hire a boat that would take her to the middle of the loch, hopefully to see the Loch Ness Monster. Surprised that there was only one boat, Michaela decided to forge ahead and hope the owner would take her anyway. (more…)
Quinn Matthews had always loved her Uncle Ed’s Queen Anne home, and after her uncle died, she jumped at the chance to own the house. Looking forward to the restoration, Quinn was thrilled to discover the attic full of antique furniture, though she was concerned about a strange water stain on the ceiling in the second floor hallway. (more…)
Lukas Smith’s frustration with his work was growing stronger. Daylight was coming soon, and Lukas needed to be safely away from the sun, but he was determined to solve the mystery the Mayan glyph held for him. Lukas was an immortal, a Night Walker, who felt comfortable in the jungle even though lately the ambiance had shifted slightly. All of Lukas’s research had led him to the writings of the Mayan priests, writings he and his assistant were working to translate. (more…)
Durk was running from the trauma of his soul mate, Jessica’s, death…literally running from the pain and from his Guardian responsibilities. The last thing he remembered was seeing Jess upon a concrete altar, in Flowing Brook, Colorado, and now he is half-naked, riding in a car with a woman who picked him up twelve miles outside of Fillmore, Arizona. Durk’s Guardian instinct had gone silent, leaving him stranded and alone, unable to call for help from the others.
Char Nikolos was still angry over Rafael’s disappearance before their planned wedding three years earlier, but she performed a spell to have him return to their Gypsy camp for his sister Tekla’s sake. Char was determined not to marry a man who treated her as property, but her father, the Rom Baro of the clan, was growing impatient and was even more determined that she wed. When Rafael returned, he began courting Char once again, though she did her best to discourage him.
Rafael Cazares knew he had made an error in judgment when he spent the night with another woman on the eve of his wedding to Char, but his personal banishment from the tribe had been more than enough punishment for him. (more…)
Natasha Hemingway was still discovering the psychic abilities that had first made their appearance four months earlier during a deadly car accident. Her roommate, Annette, who worked at Desires Unleashed, had introduced her to Xavier, a vampire who seemed to be developing a great interest in Natasha…and not just for feeding purposes. After Natasha worked with the elite S.U.I.T division, helping to solve a string of murders, she met Darian, another vampire who owned Desires Unleashed, the most successful vampire-owned nightclub in Chicago.
Hannah Darson was looking forward to spending a relaxing summer with her brother on Lake Powell in Arizona. Their mother’s log cabin had always been a welcome retreat, and Hannah was happy to reconnect with old friends and work on her tan, nothing more strenuous than that. At dinner with her brother, Ben, Hannah was embarrassed to see the young man from the gas station earlier that day—the one that had heard her singing, had spoken directly to her, and had completely addled her—was Ben’s best friend, Josh.
Josh Benally carried the weight of many worlds upon his shoulders. He had heavy responsibilities, both in this time and past lives, and he took them very seriously. Seeing Hannah again brought back memories of past times, and he was not sure he was willing to subject himself to heartbreak and loss yet another time.
Emma had let her guard down after three months without sensing vampires, but when her wrist sensor went off one evening, she was instantly on full alert. Wanting to protect her roommate Ava, Emma quickly looked around for glowing red eyes, a telltale sign vampires were ready to attack, but did not expect to find them traveling in a pack of three. (more…)
Coming home again is always difficult, and Shay was strangely uncomfortable staying in the home she had not lived in for nine years. Returning to Virginia from Scotland in order to check on her local antique shop, Shay was surprised when she was unable to locate her friend and business partner, Renee, but was even more startled when confronted by her childhood sweetheart, Cody MacBain. The last Shay had heard, Cody was in Special Forces, traveling the world and defending the innocent, and she had never expected to see him again.
Cody had always looked out for Shay when they were children, and since she left the family and moved to Scotland, he had employed other warriors to watch over her without her knowledge. (more…)
After Trent’s death, Faith was devastated and broken, desperate to do anything to make the pain of losing her soulmate stop. Turning away from everyone except her familiar, Oran, Faith performed a spell that she thought would make her forget her pain. She awakened remembering nothing at all.
Winter by Clarice Clique: Therion, the Great Master, was not used to being questioned about his choices for the winter sacrifice, but the young woman he had chosen was not pure, and there were comments being made among the people. He had only chosen her because of the persistent hold she had on him, the deep fascination he had with her, but he was the only one who knew it…except for the young woman, of course. Will the sacrifice continue as planned, or will Therion’s dishonesty be discovered?
Garrick of Hawkwood was furious and embarrassed when he first saw Fairfield, believing the king had sent him on a fool’s errand, that his assignment, to marry the Widow d’Arcy and claim Fairfield and its lands for the crown, was simply a joke to Henry. When the grizzled porter referred to Fairfield as Castle Ladyslipper, Garrick was certain he was in the wrong place, and looking around, he wondered why there were so few men to defend the castle and its grounds. As Garrick entered the castle proper, he was introduced to Emma, the widow’s stepdaughter, the current lady of the manor, who was not at all pleased at his arrival. Informing Garrick that Lady Helene was currently in France, and therefore, not available to be married, Emma hoped to save Fairfield from being taken over.
Donovan Vicar had a special talent – he was able to “feel” the vibrations of the people around him, telling him if they were good people or if they were surrounded by an aura of evil. Walking home through the park, Donovan encountered a man who had waves of evil emanating from his body, and the aura was enough to make Donovan feel ill. Discussing the event with his spiritual mentor, Mason, (more…)
Will Edwards was thrilled to have been chosen to participate in Mr. Tesla’s training program, and was ready to leave everything behind and get to Detroit any way he could. Unfortunately, his father did not agree, and had refused to let Will even consider the offer. Will was furious, and after three days at his best friend’s place, he stationed himself outside the house, watching for the arrival of his brother Ben for Thanksgiving. Ben had also left home at eighteen, to join the Stanton Institute, and Will was hungry for Ben’s advice. The only car that arrived was his brother Argus’, with an unexpected guest who had a solution for Will up her sleeve.
Fourteen-year-old Polly Parker had been fighting a long battle against cancer and she knew the end was coming soon. Her parents were fighting intensely over her illness. Her mother was accepting of Polly’s death; however, her father refused to admit anything but that his daughter would make a full recovery. Polly herself was simply tired of the pain, the needles, the extreme exhaustion and feeling awful that her illness was destroying the family’s Christmas season. Finally, she slipped into a coma one evening.
Zoria hated working the day shift. Everyone was at home, sleeping, and there were hardly any customers at the convenience store. Awakening for breakfast and watching the late news, she was irritated by a clip of a speech from the President, talking about the importance of positive human-vampire relations for the good of the country. With the President being a vampire, as well as her boss and her landlord, she knew it was not a good idea to publicize her dislike for vamps.
Magdalena is working closely with two conference participants in order to clear the name of Fen’ka, a woman who, in 1356, was burned at the stake for being a witch. Magdalena believes George and Elizabeth are here to help her with her quest, and seems to have fallen completely under George’s spell. Neither George nor Elizabeth are what they appear to be, and Magdalena is placed in increasingly difficult situations in order to locate the four artifacts of Prague before another group of conference participants do — those who are trying to save Prague from the curses Fen’ka delivered from the stake.
Magdalena was excited at the opportunity to have her cards read while visiting New York in 2002, but was pleasantly surprised when the reader used an old Bohemian form with which to lay out the cards. Feeling that the reading was exact, Magdalena returned home to Prague, where she looked for the right event that would set her reading in motion. She found it late one night walking by the river, which looked suspiciously like one of the scenes from the Tarot cards used during her reading. As she waited, a small boat rowed up to her, carrying two women; one was the troll, who guarded the river and bridge, and the other, named Fen’ka, had been burned as a witch in 1365, and she begged Magdalena’s help to clear her name.
Marguerite braved the dangerous streets of Paris in order to steal from wealthy men, all to fund her plan of escape to the new world, planning to save not only herself, but also her cousin Callia from the monster with whom they were living. She was well known to the police, who had given her the nickname Le Voleur D’Or, The Golden Thief. Unbeknownst to Marguerite, she was observed one night by Kane Bordeaux, and Kane decided to set a trap for her, wearing his most ostentatious jewelry and attending the social affairs he usually avoided, until finally he spotted her at a dance. (more…)
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