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Inn on the Edge by Gail Bridges

Inn on the Edge

by Gail Bridges

Ellora’s Cave

eBook ISBN: 9781419949494

Newlyweds Angie and Josh arrive at their romantic honeymoon destination, a bed-and-breakfast hotel on the Washington coast, only to be captured by a dangerous sex demon. Things go horribly wrong when the demon reveals his plans for Angie – plans involving an heirloom wedding ring.

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Love Entwined by Danita Minnis

Love Entwined

Cardiff Novel, Book 2
by Danita Minnis

Liquid Silver Books

eBook ISBN: 9781622100323

Amelie’s goal is the top of the jewelry designing world. Her orderly life comes undone when jewelry tycoon Roman steals her away on assignment to a remote English estate. He wants Amelie all to himself but St. Clair Manor’s ghost has waited for her much longer than he has.

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Double Hue by Briana Lawrence

Double Hue

by Briana Lawrence

Eternal Press

eBook ISBN: 9781629290775
Print ISBN: 9781629290782

When something tragic happens, you want to be able to make the pain fade away. When detective Maurice Ashford tells Gable Peterson that his boyfriend is dead, Gable imagines a world where none of this happened.

When Gable wakes up, he’s surprised to see his boyfriend alive again.

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The Purloined Skull by Velda Brotherton

The Purloined Skull

Twisted Poe, Book 1
by Velda Brotherton

Oak Tree Press/Dark Oak

eBook ISBN: 978-1-61009-096-4

Investigative reporter, Jessie West, comes home to lick her wounds after ruining her successful career in Los Angeles. She goes to work for a local weekly newspaper. Dallas Starr is a burnt out undercover narc who left Dallas to find a peaceful existence as the crime scene investigator for the Grace County sheriff’s department. He arrives the day a marijuana farmer’s dogs dig up a skeleton, minus it’s head, and immediately clashes with Jessie who is already on the scene taking pictures. She turns his head in a big way, but this isn’t going to work, since he hates reporters. Solving the crime turns out to only be a part of the mystery, for finding the skull puts Jessie in danger, and Dallas realizes he cares for her.

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Bad JuJu by Dina Rae

Bad JuJu

by Dina Rae

eBook ASIN: B0097L9FHW
Print ISBN: 978-1480067707

A Haitian bokor mentors two teens in the dark arts. Their spells backfire.

Lucien Nazaire flees his Haitian homeland and meanders around the United States for decades. He settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He meets Jake and hires him for odd household jobs. As their relationship progresses, Lucien invites the boy into the world of Voodoo.

Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo lessons give him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless situation. Despite his loner status, he instantly connects with Henry, his only friend in high school.

Henry Novak has Asperger’s Syndrome. He fixates on historical events, most recently the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Like Jake, he becomes passionate about the dark side of Voodoo. They learn how to cast spells on those they hate and lust, leading up to dire consequences.
Months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer for the island’s reconstruction. Their mission turns into a nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite.

Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended for adults and mature teens. The plot uses research involving the Voodoo religion.

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The Chalet by Tara Fox Hall

The Chalet
by Tara Fox Hall

Beau to Beau Books

eBook ISBN: 9781618451248

When Madeline honors her mother’s dying wish and returns to The Chalet, she discovers the true secret of the old mansion; a seductive spirit whose undying love has waited decades to claim her for its own.

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Sanguine Kiss by Alexandra Christian

Sanguine Kiss
by Alexandra Christian

Purple Sword Publications

eBook ISBN: 978-1-61292-051-1

Gillian Thompson wants to end her life. Deserted by her lover, she thinks that death is the only answer. On a fateful night, the one that should be her last, she meets the mysterious Seth, who understands the depth of her pain. He offers Gillian a new life beyond pain and regret. A life bathed in bloody kisses and bittersweet vengeance.

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Smoldering Nights
by Lisa Carlisle

Ellora’s Cave

eBook ISBN: 9781419940170

When Nike encounters Michel at Vamps, an underground club, the night surpasses her fantasies. Only Michel isn’t mortal and someone is hunting him down for vengeance.

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Amy Obeys
by Christian Jensen

Rebel Ink Press

eBook ISBN: RIP0004106

Amy is haunted by the memory of the Master, a man who molded Amy into something she didn’t recognize, a man who keeps her running while she searches for the one thing her new love offers. Will Amy finally be free, or will the secrets she carries tear her apart?

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Amy was trapped, tied to a bed with a blindfold over her eyes. She gasped in the darkness as the rope bit into her wrists, burning her delicate flesh. She sucked in a breath and savored the pain, the tingling sensation hurting her hands as the blood swelled them. Her shoulders hurt a little, but it was nothing compared to the strain on the tendons of her inner thighs. Amy’s legs were spread wide, the ropes pulled taut and digging deeper into her with every movement.
The room was hot; sticky and humid despite the delicate whir of the ceiling fan which only served to stir the muggy air around her naked body. There was a faint, musty odor in the room, something unpleasant she couldn’t quite place. Then something stirred in the corner. She could hear someone on the carpet, walking closer. She felt him standing over her, looking down at her naked body as she struggled against the ropes. Amy tilted her head back and to the side, testing the limits of the blindfold.
Nothing.
She sat up a little, her neck craning as the tendons stood out like wires under her skin. Her breasts jiggled; sweat dripping down the valley between them zigzagging until it finally pooled in the hollow of her navel. The shadow of muscles stood out on her belly and her arms and shoulders shook with the effort it took to keep her head aloft. She finally gave in and sank to the bed.
He touched her. Amy jumped a little, but his hand was hot and strong and felt good. It slid over her slick skin and left coolness in its wake that felt heavenly. The mattress shifted under his weight and he was directly above her. His breath came hot on her neck, smelling of alcohol and sin. He sniffed the hollow of her neck, slow and deliberate, and she could feel his lips flutter over her jaw, the sensation that of a butterfly flapping against her skin, something so delicate it threatened to burn her.
His lips moved down Amy’s Jaw line and over her throat. They parted and the hot breath was back, followed by the pressure of broad teeth on the delicate flesh. Amy sucked in a breath as the pressure increased.
His tongue slid over her sweat and the teeth were gone. He slithered down her throat and between her breasts, one large hand covering the tight mound and squeezing before his fingers found her nipple and twisted just enough to send an electric jolt of pain through her body.
Amy moaned and arched her back.
He continued to lick, his tongue flicking over her smooth skin, lingering in the shallow recess between each rib before outlining the pear shape of her navel. His hand cupped the hairless space between her legs, the heat driving her insane as he brought his mouth up to her breast and sucked a nipple into his mouth. He bit down around the areola and Amy moaned, struggling with the ropes. And again she got nowhere.
He straddled her left leg, the loose feel of his scrotum resting hot and heavy on her thigh as he kissed up her neck and over her jaw, threatening to drive Amy insane. She turned her head towards him and snapped her teeth. He was too quick to be caught, but brought his mouth down over hers and soon their tongues danced as he ground the hardness of his erection against her thigh. Clearly he wanted her to know how turned on he was.
Amy struggled against her ropes as his weight left the bed. Her nipples strained atop her quivering breasts as she sucked in shallow breaths, her disappointment palpable.
There was a delicate snap from across the room. A light switch.
She could feel his presence over her again. His hand moved through her hair then the blindfold was gone. Amy blinked her eyes and struggled to see something, anything, but the room was too dark. His figure moved across the bed, nothing but a shadow. He knelt between her legs, his hands massaging her thighs. His thumbs slid over her swollen lips then over her stomach. As he leaned forward she could feel the stiffness of his cock, but he wouldn’t let it get close to the wet opening that ached for him.
His hands slid down her sides, the strong fingers bouncing over her ribs, sinking into the softness underneath. They moved under her ass and he grabbed her cheeks, squeezing and spreading them as he lifted her off the mattress. He arched his hips and she could feel his swollen head tickling her labia, threatening to enter her. He moved himself around until the position was perfect then he bounced her slightly, his engorged head slipping just into her wetness but going no further.
Amy’s body was electric; the pain in her wrists and ankles making the pressure of his cock feel ten times better. The rough texture of his hands was so tight on her ass the strain on her shoulders and hips exploded like fireworks inside her head. She moaned out loud, her mouth struggling to form real words. She wanted him all the way inside her, but the torture was exquisite.
He moved and dropped her back to the bed and she could feel him lean as his shadow reached to the floor. There was a sudden burst of light, a star coming to life in the blackness of the room. Her eyes shut against the glow until it faded just enough and when she opened them again, the sulfur smell was receding, replaced by something familiar. Candlelight waltzed to the gentle breeze created by the ceiling fan, the light reflecting in his dark eyes and dancing there, moving like a promise.
Amy stared at the flame, transfixed and fearful. He stretched out his arm and held the red candle away from him. The smell much stronger now, she placed the scent. Cinnamon. She watched the flame while it bounced and ducked. Then he rolled his hand and tipped the candle and hot wax poured onto her breast, covering a nipple. Amy gasped and gritted her teeth.
The pain was magnificent. She struggled against the ropes again, relishing the pain even as the wax dried and crusted on her skin. The sharp sting came again a few seconds later as wax covered her other nipple.
He placed the candle on her stomach. She had to struggle to keep it aloft, balancing it with her movements and controlling her breathing so as not to tilt it. She struggled to keep her head up to keep an eye on the glowing flame while he slid down the bed and brought his mouth over her wetness.
The heat of his breath didn’t match the heat of her need as come dripped between her legs and down the valley of her ass. His tongue worked slowly over her lips, touching the space between them for only a second before he worked back out towards the hollow between her shaking thighs. He brought a thick finger over her clit and down between her aching labia, twisting around the tight opening of her ass then settling with intense pressure right between her twin holes. He rubbed the spot with the index finger of his left hand while the thumb of his right ground a harsh circle over her clit. He licked her with long, slow swipes, covering the space between his fingers and alternately pushing his tongue inside her.
Amy struggled against the need to move her hips and the fear of letting the candle fall. Her breath came in ragged gasps, her lungs burning and straining for more oxygen, black dots dancing in the periphery of her vision as unconsciousness threatened to claim her. There was an icy flower blooming inside her stomach, opening up and spreading like wildfire through her insides. Amy’s stomach fluttered against his touch, against the fear of the fire, against the threat of losing consciousness, but mostly around knowing she was going to come. As soon as she let go, there was no way she could keep still enough to balance the candle.
The pressure and speed of his fingers increased, as did the intensity of his tongue. He slid his thumb down off her clit and into her wetness, his mouth taking its place and sucking the delicate nub as his tongue swirled and circled it. Between the suction and the pressure and the feeling of his finger inside her, she couldn’t hold back any longer. She pulled in a breath and the candle dropped. Hot wax covered her belly and pain shot through her, so magical and intense she very nearly lost her sanity to the moment.
She screamed through the orgasm. It was like someone was being murdered inside her head, like it was someone else who was screaming, someone else who was coming. Her body was covered by a billion pinpricks of electric light that wormed their way into her soul and burned with the power of the sun. She could feel the force explode outward from her center and collect in her extremities, boiling the blood there and leaving them tingling as if they’d lost circulation.
The attention between her legs was suddenly gone and his hot breath appeared on her throat once again. The pressure increased slowly, his hard teeth sinking deeply into her skin. It was pleasurable at first, but the sensation quickly changed into something dangerous and Amy couldn’t breathe. Her windpipe was being closed off, the cartilage inside crunching as the man’s jaws slowly closed. White lights flashed around her failing vision. There was a low, wolf-like growl coming from her unseen lover and she could feel something changing as the bite became more predatory. Sharper.
His head snapped violently from side to side and Amy tried to scream but nothing came out except the torrent of blood that flowed from the wound. Amy was dying, she was sure of it.
Through it all her orgasm raged, the pain and surety of death mingling so perfectly with the pleasure it was impossible to tell where one stopped and the other began.
Amy woke up panting for air, her t-shirt soaked through and her hand working furiously between her legs. She had her thighs clamped tightly together while she plunged two fingers inside herself even as she realized it was nothing but a dream.
She pulled her shaking hand from between her legs and lifted it to her face. Her entire hand was covered in come, her glistening fingers still shaking and tingling as if a mild electric shock was going through them. She slipped them into her mouth and layback on her sweat soaked pillows. Smiling to herself around a mouthful of her own creamy orgasm, Amy realized how much she loved that dream.

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The Fires of Beltane by Ayla Ruse

The Fires of Beltane
Scared Stiff (multi-author collection)
by Ayla Ruse

Totally Bound Publishing

eBook ISBN: 978-0-85715-931-1

Natalie and William meet at an annual springtime festival, where, unknown to the participants, there is someone using the festival to exploit it’s darker history. This night will test Natalie and William’s attraction, but could it also cost them their lives?

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