Novella. After the king she loves sets her aside for another woman, Anne Greensward must submit to an arranged marriage in a barony far from the court. On the way to meet her new husband, she encounters a masked highwayman known only as Nocturne, who first saves her life—then promptly steals her dowry.
The king and court consider the dashing bandit to be nothing more than a villain and a traitor. But away from the glittering world of the palace, Anne begins to see the truth: the common people are suffering, and Nocturne may be the only man who can bring them justice.
When she learns of a plot to capture him, Anne must choose between the chance to regain her place at the king’s side, a quiet life with her new husband, or Nocturne—a man whose face she has never seen.
2007 Dream Realm Award Finalist
Clap Your Hands…NOW!
Because you’d better believe the world is full of Bad-Ass Faeries!
Toss out your childhood notions of faeries that are all goodness and light. No golden pixies clothed in gossamer, dancing on the wind, here to make the rainbows shine and the birds sing. These tales are of faeries on the raw edge, battle-worn and in black leather, with a glimmer of darkness in their eyes, if not their very hearts.
From the meanest city streets to one dusty, disturbing saloon, on the wing or the back of a Harley, no matter where you look, they are headed your way, trailing attitude, bodies, and a dust devil of magic in their wake. Good or bad or just plain rotten, you’ll never look at faeries the same way again.
Includes a story featuring Pook from the Shadow Fae series.
“Bad-Ass Faeries is bound to charm and amuse you with at least one of its creatively mischievous tales.”
-Tom Powers of Small Press Reviews
Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad
2009 Eppie Award Winner
Do you like to Dance with Danger? Well now’s your chance!
Don’t worry about things that go bump in the night; count yourself lucky if these fae give you that much warning. In the finest tradition of the original Bad-Ass Faeries, the twenty tales in this collection delve into the darkest corners, exploring every tough and terrifying aspect the legends of faeries ever claimed…and then some.
Lose yourself in twisted tales of homicidal faerie clowns, one man’s gladiatorial stand against Earth’s overlords, and a desperate mother’s confrontation with the fiercest pirates above the Seven Seas…not to mention dry land. Read on in fascinated horror as a faerwolf is born, and unwise parties-of-the-second-part come to rue deals made with a different kind of devil. Here is where you discover just how many faerie tales never even get a glimpse of Happily Ever After…
Forget about misunderstood; these faeries are Just Plain Bad!
Includes a short story set in the Shadow Fae universe, featuring all-new characters!
“Just Plain Bad is a wonderful collection well worth your time…I highly recommend this anthology!”
-Jim Stanton of The Fix Short Fiction Reviews
Bad-Ass Faeries 3: In All Their Glory
2011 Eppie Award Finalist
Think all faeries spend their days picking flowers and dancing in circles? Think again!
We bring you tales of urban conflict, of lurking assassins, of defenders of the homefront. Eternal battles…between good and evil, right and wrong, Seelie and Unseelie…fought by timeless warriors whose battle cries echo throughout both history and legend.
Includes the Shadow Fae story “Field of Honor.”
“An amazing combination of themes that adhere to certain basic tenets of faery-lore (especially the abhorrence of cold iron) yet explore a myriad of variations.”
-ELF of Night Owl Reviews
Rain on the Mountain
When the body of a young college student is found in a cornfield, detective Tricia Starnes quickly finds that her investigation turns up more questions than answers. To begin with, how did both murderer and victim get into a muddy cornfield without leaving so much as a footprint? And why did the murderer decapitate his victim, if it wasn’t to hide her identity?
Jaguar shaman Pacal Bahlum has come to North Carolina from Guatemala, tracking a killer preying on the immigrants who work the vast agricultural fields. The murderer he pursues is no ordinary man, however, but a follower of the Mayan vampire god Camazotz capable of transforming himself in the bat god’s likeness.
When the killer targets Tricia, police detective and jaguar shaman join forces to hunt it down. Will they succeed before they become its next victims, or will they be defeated by the dark secrets of the past?
Note: “Rain on the Mountain” was originally published in the anthology Ghost Cats from New Concepts Publishing.
Even though summoned by a king to protect his throne, demons have always remained apart from the humans they are compelled to serve. Famine, a young demon woman, burns with curiosity about the lives of the humans she watches from afar. Daffyd is a human scribe, who knows Famine only as a disembodied voice that speaks to him every night on his balcony. When a plot against the king threatens Daffyd’s life, can Famine win freedom for her people–and win the heart of a man who she fears will see her only as a monster?