It was a dark and stormy knight, and nine dark defenders embarked upon a most perilous quest.... They're the ultimate defenders of humanity—modern day knights who do dark deeds for all the right reasons. In this all-star collection, nine of today's hottest paranormal authors bring us thrilling, all-new stories of supernatural knights that are brimming with magic mystery and mayhem. John Marcone sets aside his plans to kill Harry Dresden to go head-to-head with a cantrev lord in Jim Butcher's Even Hand. Kate Daniels is called upon for bodyguard duty to protect Saimen, a shifter she trusts less than the enemy in Ilona Andrews' A Questionable Client. Cormac must stop a killer werewolf before it attacks again on the next full moon in Carrie Vaughn's God's Creatures. And in Vicki Pettersson's Shifting Star, Skamar gets more than she bargained for when she goes after a creature kidnapping young girls—and enlists the aid of her frustratingly sexy neighbor. When everything's on the line, will these knights complete their missions and live to fight again another day? Find out in Dark and Stormy Knights! Includes stories from: Ilona Andrews Jim Butcher Shannon K. Butcher Rachel Caine P.N. Elrod Deidre Knight Vicki Pettersson Lilith Saintcrow Carrie Vaughn
A warrior woman, a lonely artist, and a love story that's out of this world... Mara, a painter, lives in a quirky artist community in downtown Buffalo, and though she loves her roommates like family, she has always felt alone. But, each night, a sexy, dark-haired woman haunts her dreams, dreams that almost help her forget the betrayal and pain she's suffered in her life. She paints to block out the bad memories, and in every painting, the woman from her dreams--as if by magic--appears. One fateful night, Mara rescues a drowning person from the Buffalo River: a beautiful woman with a serious wound who claims to be a knight from another world. The woman's name is Charaxus, and--despite her outlandish story--she inspires longings in Mara that she has never felt before. As her attraction to Charaxus grows, Mara discovers that the mysterious, brooding knight is telling the truth--and that she is the woman Mara has been dreaming about for a lifetime. But someone dangerous and dark is hunting Charaxus, and is it Mara's fate to lose the woman of her dreams forever? A DARK AND STORMY KNIGHT is a sexy, romantic novel about overcoming past heartaches and learning to believe in happy endings. This book is set in the same world as A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER, FOREVER AND A KNIGHT, and DATE KNIGHT, but it is a stand-alone book. It is part of Bridget Essex's Knight Legends Series: women knights, real-world high jinks, and love stories that transcend space and time.
This Knight of the Crown is driven by a painful past and a patient fury... and his entire life is a lie. Sir Carlton Morley is famously possessed of extraordinary will, singular focus, and a merciless sense of justice. As a man, he secured his fortune and his preeminence as Scotland Yard's ruthless Chief Inspector. As a decorated soldier, he was legend for his unflinching trigger finger, his precision in battle, and his imperturbable strength. But as a boy, he was someone else. A twin, a thief, and a murderer, until tragedy reshaped him. Now he stalks the night, in search of redemption and retribution, vowing to never give into temptation, as it's just another form of weakness. Until temptation lands—quite literally—in his lap, taking the form of Prudence Goode. Prim and proper Pru is expected to live a life of drudgery, but before she succumbs to her fate, she craves just one night of desire. On the night she searches for it, she stumbles upon a man made of shadows, muscle and wrath... And decides he is the one. When their firestorm of passion burns out of control, Morley discovers, too late, that he was right. The tempting woman has become his weakness. A weakness his enemies can use against him.
In a town full of rumors, theirs is the hottest . . . Nicholas Knight has a dark, dangerous appeal that attracts Ali Charbonneau like a moth to a flame. There is an undeniable attraction between them, even though he is doing his level best to ignore it. To complicate matters further, Ali resembles Nicholas’s dead fiancée, stirring up the past and provoking many unanswered questions. Almost everyone in town believes he murdered the woman he claims to have loved. And Nicholas isn’t sure he didn’t . . .
A psychology professor and "Superherologist" takes readers into the complex inner world of Batman, a superhero without superpowers, and Bruce Wayne, explaining psychological theory and concepts through the eyes of one of the world's most popular comic book characters. Original.
1565 to 1569. The struggle is between Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots. This tale combines elements of secret agents and medieval romance, concerning a time-traveling knight, dispatched to adjust history before it skews. Spies spy, greedy bishops lie, swords, and archer's arrows are thrown voraciously into those battle torn days that made history. This story is best read with a pint of ale.
What newly married couple doesn't dream of a romantic retreat where they can escape the world for a while—but what happens when supernatural forces intrude on their wedded bliss? Nine of today's hottest paranormal authors answer that question in this all-star collection of supernatural stories. Can a vampire-hunter enjoy her honeymoon when she's just learned that her new hubby is a werewolf? How can newlyweds focus on their wedding night when their honeymoon suite is haunted by feuding ghosts? And what's a wizard to do when a gruesome monster kidnaps the bride on her way home from the wedding? With so much otherworldly mayhem awaiting our newlyweds, will they ever get around to the honeymoon itself? Find out in...My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon. * Kelley Armstrong * Jim Butcher * Rachel Caine * P.N. Elrod * Caitlin Kittredge * Marjorie M. Liu * Katie MacAlister * Lilith Saintcrow * Ronda Thompson
Today's hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic! In Charlaine Harris' "Bacon," a beautiful vampire joins forces with a witch from an ancient line to find out who killed her beloved husband. In "Seeing Eye" by Patricia Briggs, a blind witch helps sexy werewolf Tom Franklin find his missing brother—and helps him in more ways than either of them ever suspected. And in Jim Butcher's "Last Call," wizard Harry Dresden takes on the darkest of dark powers—the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer. For anyone who's ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who's imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection of short stories!