What do you get when you combine a grimoire, a black cat, and a sexy stranger? Nine romance writers sitting round a virtual campfire have joined together to write a Halloween short story treat.
Ivy Mitchell’s life is changed forever after she follows her cat, Karma, into an old house, where she stumbles upon a strange book that not only unleashes her destiny, but attracts a smoking hot, mysterious stranger named Chance with wicked powers of his own. Ivy was born a witch, but an important decision awaits. Make the wrong choice and more than her powers are at risk.
A story in nine parts, each written by a different writer in her own individual style: Lori Connelly, Aileen Harkwood, Zara Stoneley, Kari Lemor, Sarah Lefebve, Carmel Harrington, Teresa F. Morgan, Lynn Marie Hulsman, and Jane Lark.
Length: 4300 words
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About the Author
I was born and still live in Oregon.
Despite being a good student, my teachers complained about my tendency to daydream. The tales dancing through my imagination were frequently far more entertaining than real life. As far back as I can remember I made up stories, to calm my sister after a nightmare, entertain myself in boring classes and write in countless notebooks, many never again to see the light of day.
I earned a BS from Eastern Oregon State College and married my best friend almost twenty years ago. I've three brilliant, handsome sons, one amazing daughter-in-law, a beautiful granddaughter and two spoiled dogs. When not writing I love to read, hike, camp, rock hound, and take long walks with my husband just after it rains.
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Aileen Harkwood is a die hard fan of the mysteries, thrills and romances life has to offer and has wanted to write her own since she penned her first, safely-hidden-away-in-a-drawer-never-to-see-the-light-of-day novel in high school. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing, and resides in the Southern Rockies of the United States with her family, a fetch-addicted Labrador retriever and two cats named after birds.
With my husband Roger and two beautiful children Amelia and Nate, I live a pretty idyllic life in Ireland, full of stories, songs, hide and seek, Mickey Mouse, walks on the beach, tickles, kisses, chocolate treats and most of all abundant love. To make life even more perfect, I have now fulfilled a lifetime ambition to be a writer as I am both a published author and a playwright. I believe in Happily Ever After’s because that’s what happened to me.
Lynn Marie Hulsman has worn many professional hats: Actor, Stand-up Comic, Improv Teacher, Bartender, Advertising Copywriter, Pharmaceutical Editor, Ticket Services Manager, and Deli Counter Cheese Cube Passer-Outer. She is proud to add "Author" to that list. Represented by Stephany Evans at FinePrint Literary, Lynn Marie has ghostwritten (shh!) two How-To books, and has co-written an Irish cookbook and a homemade soday cookbook, both for famous chefs. Her own cookbook, BOURBON DESSERTS, just pubbed and was favorably reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and other major publications. Her two novels, THORNTON HALL and SUMMER AT CASTLE STONE are available from Harper Collins.
Lynn Marie lives and works 26 floors above Manhattan's mean streets. She shares her apartment overlooking Times Square with her actor husband, a son and a daughter who never stop talking, and two elderly terriers who smell as bad as they are cute.
Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romance and author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Novel,'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan', as well as a Kindle overall top 25, bestselling author in the United States of America.
She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others' imaginations at last.
'Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it's wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.'
Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.
There is one word to sum up my life – chaotic! I have two small children who, though I love more than life itself, have an amazing capacity to create untold mess, laundry and general havoc. I have a very untidy self-employed husband whose ability to leave stuff literally all over the house knows no bounds. I have two step-sons whose love of lego has left me many a time nursing bruised feet and cursing those little plastic bricks and I have a love of both red wine and Cadbury’s milk chocolate – frequent large helpings of which force me to the gym on a regular basis.
I also obviously have a passion for writing – so when I am not tidying up after my family or dashing to the gym that’s what you’ll find me doing. I just wish there were more hours in a day!
Kari Lemor grew up as a voracious reader and was one of those kids who read with a flashlight under the covers. She always loved the stories that had a touch of romance to them. Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, even Trixie Belden had a special someone, in her mind anyway. If there wasn’t any romance, she would add some, even to all the TV shows she watched.
As she grew older she was known to pilfer her mother’s romance novels from the ‘done‘ pile. She would quickly devour them and then be sad they were finished. So she would go to bed and continue the stories or write her own, in her head. All of these stories were always romance. It wasn’t until a few years ago, and the urging of some friends, that she decided to try putting those stories on paper. Surprisingly, to her anyway, they weren’t half bad.
For a few years she only wrote for herself and some ‘fans’ who followed her online journal. Only recently did she decide to write something for publication. She has several works in progress as well as a short story. Her short story was accepted for publication for a romance anthology and will be released in February 2015.
She continues to read and write anything romance.
I was born and bred in Surrey, but since 1998 I have lived in sunny Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset. I live with my two sons - trying very hard to hold onto my Surrey accent!
For years I persevered with boring jobs, until my two boys joined my nest and I was allowed to stay at home. In an attempt to find something to work around my sons, and to ensure I never endured full time boredom again, I found writing.
At first it was an addictive hobby, then, in 2009, wanting to improve my craft (in the hope I might get paid), I embarked on a voyage - the Writer’s Bureau Comprehensive Writing Course.
I am at my happiest baking cakes, putting proper home cooked dinners on the table (whether the kids eat them or not), reading a good romance, or sitting at my PC emptying the thoughts from my head onto the screen.
I love writing contemporary romance, creating heroes readers will fall in love with. Men who in reality, let’s face it, just don’t exist. I love creating stories with a touch of escapism.
Author Zara Stoneley has been writing stories for just about as long as she’s been reading them. She sold her first erotic novel to Xcite Books in 2012, and since then has had her hot romances accepted by several publishers, including HarperCollins, and has also self-published. Her stories have featured on romance and erotic bestseller lists in the US and UK.
Zara divides her time between a country cottage in the UK and a Barcelona apartment, and loves her family, sexy high heels, sunshine, good food and wine, coffee, cats, horses, dogs, music, writing and reading - but not necessarily in that order! She likes her heroes just how she likes her coffee – hot, strong and moreish.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cute and a good start for a teen drama. But don't expect a whole story or even a complete plot. It's less than 24 pages.
This was a very confusing, very short story. I really do not know what the crap I just read! I am sorry to say, I cannot recommend that others read it either. The book is just plain stupid. I feel it coyld have been much, much better. The idea of the story is a good one, but it just missed the mark.
I tried to like it. One would think that with so many authors they would come up with more than 20pgs. There were more pages about the authors than there were stories.
All of these writers and they could only come up with 45 pages
I loved this book just wish it was longr