The Dark Proposal by Megan Cashman

The Dark Proposal
The End of Eternity
Book One
Megan Cashman
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: September 14, 2012
ASIN: B00D6WJFUU
Number of pages: 211
Word Count: 79,050
Cover Artist: Karri Kwaliter
Book Description:
A young woman copes with being forced to become a vampire as the man she loves reveals he is more evil than she can comprehend.
Claire McCormick has graduated from college and is eager for her childhood dreams to come true. She thought it would happen when she began dating Daniel Bertrand, who was everything she wanted in a boyfriend. But just as her dreams are about to happen, Claire’s life is turned upside down when Daniel reveals to be a bloodthirsty vampire, with the intent on making her his eternal companion. Frightened, Claire desperately tries to rid herself of him, but Daniel is too evil to defeat. She has to come to terms with reality, as she faces a vampire world fighting to survive in modern times, with many of them unaware of how devious Daniel can be.
The Dark Proposal is the first book in a trilogy that follows what becomes of Claire and the vampires.
WARNING: contains thematic elements, graphic content and some strong language
Excerpt:
There was a
pregnant pause with both waiting for the other to speak or make the first move.
For a second, she wondered if this was going to be the moment he would make her
like him or kill her instead.
“No, Claire,” he
spoke suddenly. She jumped, startled. “It’s up to you to say yes. And remember
I did tell you I can read your thoughts.”
“Then please
stop, because you’re freaking me out,” she said.
He arched one
eyebrow, and for a moment, she feared he would attack her. But instead, he
crossed one arm across his chest and put the opposite hand under his chin, as
though contemplating something.
“I see you’ve
accepted somewhat of what I revealed to you,” he finally said.
“A little.” She
felt like she was preparing for war.
“What?” He
sounded curious. “Is there something else you can’t comprehend?”
“Yeah,” she said
in a shaky voice. Her eyes were downcast, and when she was ready, she lifted
them to look right at him. “I did some research while in New Jersey. There’s a
lot of websites about real vampires.”
“Yes?” Daniel
raised his eyebrows.
Taking a deep
breath, she said, “I think you killed Colin Willis.”
His face
expressionless, he lowered his arms and closed his eyes, shaking his head. He
ran one hand over his face as Claire continued.
“I read a blog
about his murder. There are rumors going around that he had two holes on the
side of his neck. There was no blood in his body.” She swallowed and asked,
almost pleading, “Did you really do it? Honestly, Dan?”
Removing his
hand, he looked right at her and said, “I think you know the answer to that
question.”
She did, and
whatever hope she had that he did not murder Willis quickly dissolved. She
began to pant in horror at first, but then in anger. “I mean, you knew as
everyone else that there was no evidence of foul play,” he was saying,
nonchalantly watching her. “Plus, there were no suspects -”
Claire suddenly
pounced on Daniel, arms flailing as she hit him in the face and chest. She was
screaming about him being a murderer and how evil he was.
It didn’t last
long because he soon caught her flying fists and held a tight grip on her
wrists, holding them away from him. His grip was beyond solid, like a steel
machine, and his eyes were hollow with rage. For a moment, she thought he was
going to attack her again. No, he was going to kill her. She dared to hit him,
dared to defy him and now she would pay the price.

 

He held her in
his harsh eyes for a moment, and then shoved her hands away, practically
pushing her away from him. “Honestly, who else would’ve done it?”
 
 
About the Author:
Born and raised on Staten Island, NY, Megan Cashman currently lives in Brooklyn, where she can be seen checking out the borough’s numerous coffee shops to work on her writing projects. She has a Masters’ degree in journalism, and has worked for cable news, both local and national, as well as a major New York newspaper. She is currently a freelance journalist and an adjunct professor at the City University of New York (CUNY). When she’s not writing or teaching, Megan can be seen taking nature photos with her iPhone, crocheting, doing yoga and Pilates, and trying out new dinner recipes.
@MeganCashman

 

Storm Crossed by Dani Harper

 

 

Storm Crossed

Grim Series
Book 4
Dani Harper

Release Date: January 9, 2018
 
Publisher: Montlake Romance
 
ISBN-10: 1503948943
ISBN-13: 978-1503948945
 
Book Description:
 
The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .
 
Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.
 
Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”
 
Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?
 
 
Excerpt 3
 
He shook his
head and wished he hadn’t as a trickle of fresh blood escaped his wound. The
rock that surrounded them was the same that formed the palace foundations,
rendering ineffective any spell that could whisk them away.
“Hold!” an
imperious voice shouted, and the warths left off their attack, reluctantly
crouching in place. Trahern narrowed his eyes, straining to focus—and saw a
large band of mounted soldiers in ragtag armor. Gray skin was visible behind
their strange helms, and their eyes shone green. He didn’t recognize them at
all, but his sorcerer’s sight could not mistake the crimson aura that
surrounded their swords and spears. Iron weapons. Very few in the Nine Realms
could approach such things, and the cut of an iron blade was a slow but sure
poison to any Tylwyth Teg. Faint and dizzy, he held on to Braith with one hand
to steady himself and pressed himself harder against the rock to bolster his
remaining power. Last, he eased off his boots. The ground was cool beneath his
bare feet, and he drew in energy like drawing fresh breath, pulling it up from
the very bedrock, renewing him, aiding him for one last—
A deep shadow
abruptly fell across the forest, and thunder rolled from a formerly clear sky.
The soldiers glanced around uneasily as their horses twitched and danced
beneath them. The warths slunk silently away, and Trahern felt the hair on his
head prickle and rise. Braith, get down!
The entire world
erupted into white light and noise beyond hearing as a bolt of lightning
crashed to earth before him.
Trahern wasn’t
certain if he had lost consciousness or not, but it was an abysmally long time
before he could see and hear again. Braith was on top of him, apparently trying
to shield him. Move, he said in his mind.
Are you well?
I would be
better if I could breathe. Move!
The great dog
slid his bulk from Trahern’s chest, and he rolled over with a grunt, gratefully
filling his lungs. His vision blurred and cleared, blurred and cleared, but he
could make out that only a handful of the mercenaries remained, and most looked
like they wanted to leave. He had to give the leader credit for nerve—but the
man no longer looked at him at all.
“In the name of
Eirianwen of the House of Oak, we have come to arrest the fugitive Trahern,”
the man shouted.
“Her name means
nothing here.” The new voice came from high above, and Trahern struggled to
see. A burly stallion, as glossy and black as obsidian, stood upon the rocky
outcrop behind him, and its tall rider was dressed in dark leathers. His hair
was as black as his mount, falling to his waist in hundreds of braids and
stirred by an unseen wind. Save for the dangerous glitter in his jet-colored
eyes and the glow of the light whip resting on his thigh, it was like staring
at Death itself.
“He—he is a
traitor, My Lord, sir. We have a right—”

 

“As trespassers
in the Nine Realms, you have no rights.” The great horse stepped down from the
steep rocky outcropping as easily as if walking across a meadow. The mercenary
captain paled visibly as Lurien, Lord of the Wild Hunt, placed himself squarely
between the soldiers and their intended quarry. “Our laws state that betrayers
and traitors are the rightful prey of the Wild Hunt,” said Lurien, then leaned
forward in the saddle, his next words measured and menacing. “If he lives, he
is mine. If he dies, he is also mine. Stay if you wish to join him.”

About the Author:
 
Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.
 
A former newspaper editor, Dani’s passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing fiction. There isn’t anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.
 
A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway garden gnomes, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of predatory chickens.

Dani Harper is the author of Storm Crossed, Storm Warned, Storm Bound, Storm Warrior (the Grim Series), as well as First Bite (Dark Wolf), for Montlake Romance. She is also the author of a Yuletide ghost story, The Holiday Spirit, plus a popular shapeshifter series, which includes Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn.
 
For more, visit her website at http://www.daniharper.com
 
 
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Dani_Harper  or @Dani_Harper

 

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About Return of the Lycan King: Book 1: Nicholas and Kristen

Title: Return of the Lycan King: Book 1: Nicholas and Kristen

Author: Candace Blackburn

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: January 16, 2018

Publisher: Candace Blackburn

Series: Return of the Lycan King

Format: Digital eBook

Digital ISBN: 9780692994450

One life, one mate. Nicholas Konstantine has been waiting over a thousand years for his mate. But when he finds her, she’s completely unaware of her Lycan biology, and she’s battling her own personal demons.

Kristen O’Connor is a recovering addict, with some major trust issues. By not letting anyone get close, she won’t get hurt. Yet after one meetiing with Nicholas, her walls are crumbling, and she wants more with this man.

But Nicholas reveals his Lycan side, and hers as well. In addition, ghosts from both of their pasts come back to haunt them. Will they face everything together, or will Kristen’s fears be stronger than her love?

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Excerpt:

“No.”  Repeating the word over and over, as if that would negate the reality, Kristen walked to the bathroom and turned on the lights. The fluorescent bulbs weren’t needed to highlight what was there.  Her pupils were, indeed, a deep yellow.  The color was framed by her thickened eyebrows.  She swung her hair around and…dear God.  Her hair was at least a foot longer than it had been that very morning.  Her fingers shook as she held a thick section of red hair.

All she saw were the claws.

The scream was primal and Kristen sobbed as she sank to the floor.  Nicholas was there instantly, wrapping his arms around her.

What is happening to me?

He rocked her back and forth, rubbing her back in circular motions.  “Your body is going through a change.”

“No shit, Nicholas.  But why me?  God almighty, I’m waving the freak flag high enough as it is.  Now I’m part animal?”  She held her arms in front of her face.  “I’ve got fucking claws!”

“I know, beautiful.  I’ve seen them.”

“Don’t!”

“Don’t what?”

“Call me beautiful.  I’m anything but.”

“You’re incredibly beautiful.  Even now, with all the things that are disturbing you so badly.”

“They aren’t disturbing to you?  You spent the night fucking a Lycan, werewolf, whatever and you’re perfectly calm.”  The sobs slowed as she turned to look at him.  “Why is that, Nicholas?”

“Because,” he said as he held out his hand.  Kristen gasped as claws extended from his finger tips.  “I’m a Lycan too.”

Copyright © 2018 Return of the Lycan King: Book 1 Nicholas and Kristen by Candace Blackburn

About Candace Blackburn:

Candace makes her home in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart husband and their two sons.  She’s an indie author who has published two previous romances (with a bit of fantasy in each), Tristan’s Redemption and Nate’s Forgiveness.  Her current works are all paranormal romance (her favorite genre to read!) and are set in her home state.  She loves coffee, cold weather, the Boston Red Sox, the Carolina Panthers, and hearing from fans.

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