Nationally bestselling author Michele Bardsley spends her days creating fictional worlds because, let's face it, reality sucks. A prime example is that no one has yet to figure out how to make calorie-free chocolate. What's up with that? She received an associates degree in liberal arts, which was no help whatsoever for becoming a novelist or a decent housekeeper. She lives in Oklahoma with her son and their numerous pets.
When I found the ancient tomb of the two most powerful vampires in history, I knew I was in for a lot of trouble….
But archaeologists like me, Moira Jameson, are ready for trouble. Okay, maybe not human-species-threatening trouble. Or the kind of trouble that arrives in the form of a sexy werewolf named Drake. Yeah. Werewolf. And I thought ancient curses and walking corpses were a joke. Um…not so much.
’Cause a walking corpse named Karn wants to reveal vampires, and all of parakind, to the humans. And everyone else thinks that’s a bad idea. Then a pyramid mysteriously appears in Broken Heart, Oklahoma, and I’m appointed to get inside, survive booby traps, and awaken two very old, very hungry vampires. Luckily, Drake has my back (and my front). Unfortunately, archaeology sometimes reveals some very nasty surprises. And I'll have to decide between saving myself…or saving the world.
This collection contains the previously released Rookery Cove novellas The Darkness by Stephanie Burke, Monster Mash by Kira Stone, Faun of a Time by Jade Buchanan, and Make Mine a Double by Michele Bardsley.
The Darkness by Stephanie Burke
Nothing will stop this Master from claiming his submissive, not even the Darkness that haunts them.
Monster Mash by Kira Stone
To advertise a new love potion, an incubus shares a cup with the Dark Elf who created it and learns how well it works.
Faun of a Time by Jade Buchanan
A search for the lost turns frolicking in the forest into a sexual conquest where both parties win.
Make Mine a Double by Michele Bardsley
No dragon can resist a jewel -- even if the jewel finds two of them and wants them both.
Tormented by nightmares of a woman's death, Sheriff Taylor Mooreland is shocked to find the woman from his visions chained to an altar in the woods. He barely knows her, but something compels Taylor to protect the mysterious Lenore Whyte no matter what. Even if it means dealing with magic.
And when an investigation into a series of suicides leads Taylor deep into the town's past, he discovers that the key to saving Lenore and the town of Nevermore may have a surprising connection...
Wizard's Moon By Michele Bardsley
A wizard cursed.
Handsome and desperate wizard True Karn becomes human during the "wizard's moon"-the only two nights of the month he can look for his mate. The rest of the time, he must live in his monstrous, cursed form. When he rescues a pretty lady from the lascivious attention of two guardsmen, he realizes that she could be the one he's been searching for.
A woman scorned.
Plain and reliable Alissa Rogers works in a house of ill repute-as an accountant. She's not pretty enough to be a prostitute, but it seems she's still woman enough to gain the attention of an infamous wizard.
Reluctant By Lauren Dane
This story is connected to the Cascadia Wolves series but is completely stand-alone.
Layla Warden had a ten-year plan and it sure as heck didn't include a mate. She had her flashy car and her corner office and all was right with the world until Sid Rosario sat down at her table and turned her life upside down.
Sparks fly as the two werewolves flirt over dinner and it's no surprise to either of them when they end up back at his hotel room, naked and sweaty. But Sid is her mate, and they don't figure it out until the bond is sealed. Layla, driven by confusion and fear, heads out of contact while a frantic Sid looks for her. What comes next helps a reluctant wolf find her way to acceptance.
Spirit of the Pryde By TJ Michaels
Someone is destroying buffalo and dragging the carcasses onto Pryde land. What could possibly be powerful enough to kill and move such large animals? Neesia Pryde and her sister Niah are determined to find whoever or whatever is trying to set them up as the killers.
Jason DiCaplis, an agent for the Shifter and Were Armed Tactics administration, is ordered to fly to Pryde Ranch posing as a techno-weenie. His mission - keep the heat off the Prydes, dispatch a rogue Were, and do it all without exposing whom he works for. Jason comes face-to-face with the most beautiful and alluring woman he's ever seen. Suddenly he's a sex-crazed, wild, rutting male. What could cause such an uncontrollable craving for a woman?
Well, Jason isn't the only one with secrets.
First Moon Rise By Tielle St Clare
As Alpha werewolf, Fallon is expected to mate with a strong female wolf from another pack but once his wolf gets close to Tate, the animal will accept no one else. It doesn't matter that she's human and the new sheriff in town. All that matters is, the wolf wants her.
When a rogue werewolf begins hunting his pack, Fallon and Tate search for the killer together. Though Fallon knows all his attention should be on catching this killer, Tate is too tempting, too seductive to be ignored. And in one wicked night, Fallon claims her as his mate, binding their hearts and bodies together before they must face the wolf who could destroy everything.
Uncontrolled Magic By Ravyn Wilde
Uncontrolled Magic is a sequel to Undying Magic, from Ellora's Cave's Fun in the Sun series.
What happens when a were-dragon propositions a very hungry vampire? He ends up naked and chained to a wall in his lair, among other things. Marissa, a vampire recently returned from ashes, thinks her arrangement with Jack is all about blood and sex. As for Jack, a were-dragon in need of an escort to his parents' fiftieth anniversary party, he's just happy to have found a date. Particularly, one who can live through the weekend event.
Add in some magical restraints, sexy dragon-training lessons, several wild bikers and some unexpected party crashers, and Marissa and Jack might end up with more than just a weekend to remember.
Since the moment Damien showed up-gloriously naked-Kelsey Morningstone has been having a hard time keeping her relationship with the clinic's latest amnesiac patient strictly professional. Even with her empathy abilities Kelsey's not sure she can get past Damien's anger to find the cause of his delusions. After all, falling for a patient is bad enough, but falling for a patient who thinks he's a werewolf is a whole other kind of crazy...
Welcome to Nevermore, Texas, population 503, where witches and wizards live side by side with humans, and where witch Lucy Rackmore is in trouble. Ever since her former lover snuffed out her magical abilities, everyone in town is looking to settle a score with her family. And Lucy's only hope for survival may be her ex-brother-in-law-whom her sister betrayed and nearly killed.
The newest paranormal romance in the national bestselling broken heart series
Everybody makes mistakes-and my first one was named Connor, a heart- stealing Scottish hottie. I thought our night together was the beautiful beginning to a love story, which turned out to be my second mistake. I, Phoebe Allen, lifelong Broken Heart resident and vampire, am now mated to a half-demon.
Thankfully Phoebe's four-year-old son Danny is safely away at Disneyworld with his human father. Because Phoebe's right in the middle of major paranormal drama, helping Connor and his rag-tag group of friends retrieve part of an ancient talisman in order to ward off Connor's vicious stepmother, an uber-demon named Lilith. Phoebe swears she isn't falling for any of Connor's demon charm. But still, he's willing to do anything to protect her and prevent demons from storming into Broken Heart. And her undead heart can't resist a bad boy with identity issues...
Moving into Broken Heart seemed like the perfect transition for Simone Sweet and her young daughter, Glory. With her ex-husband gone after attempting to murder Simone, and Glory being mute since the incident, it is one place where she can feel safe, and almost forget she's a ravenous vampire...
No one is without secrets, but Simone's are big. She'd hate to have them interfere with what's developing with local hunk Braddock Hayes. When not turning her legs to jelly, he's building an Invisi-shield around Broken Heart and helping Glory speak again. But when Simone's past resurfaces, it threatens to ruin her second chance...
When you’re immortal, being a mom won’t kill you— it will only make you stronger.
Even though all the non-vamps in Broken Heart, Oklahoma, skipped town, Patsy Donahue has kept her hair salon up and running thanks to the werewolves prowling around. They know how important good grooming is, especially a certain rogue shapeshifter who’s as sexy as he is deadly. Now, if only she could put a leash on her wild teenage son, who’s up to his neck in danger. The stress would kill Patsy, if she wasn’t already undead. But her maternal instinct is still alive and kicking. And no one had better mess with her own flesh and blood…
Elle Reddington, desperate to escape the nightmare of her past, finds surcease at night in sizzling sexual dreams of a wolf-man, which hint at an eroticism that leave her breathless, frustrated, yearning for the real thing. When the man in her dreams walks into her life, it opens the door on a past she'd long forgotten.
Xavier Skye is Alpha of the Anubinake, wolf shape-shifters who hide among humans. He has long known the sensual Elle is his mate. Watching her has only fired a hunger in his soul and body that only she can sate.
But trouble is brewing, the survival of the Anubinake depends on the new Alphas, and ready or not, Xavier must bring Elle into his world — now.
Publisher Note: This title was previously published elsewhere, but has been extensively revised.
You can't escape bad memories, lonely nights, or the one who's hunting you.
On the advice of her old high school friend, FBI profiler and psychic Kate Simmons takes a sabbatical from her stressful job and rents a cabin at Miller's Lake. It's off season, so the resort town is mostly empty, with only a few retirees residing nearby. Her plan is to eat junk food, read romance novels, and enjoy the wintry beauty and quiet of the area. And if possible, to finally expunge the memories of the man who made her first submission to a Master beautiful as well as bittersweet.
Robert MacIntosh is a profiler of another kind -- a supernatural hunter who goes after killers that never make the FBI's Most Wanted. Six months ago, he seduced Kate for the wrong reasons. Her sweet submission has haunted his every waking thought -- and so has the idea of sexually dominating her again . and again. Now, he has a second chance to show her that he's not such a bad guy. But first he has to protect her from the Wendigo, a relentless creature that craves human flesh.
Remember, campers: At Miller's Lake, nothing is what it seems.
Brim and Stone are dragons who were hatched on the island nearly a hundred years ago. Now, they live in the dark caverns below the factory, guarding the Heart, which is the very essence of Rookery Cove. As their first-century birthday approaches, Brim and Stone are experiencing the quickening. They desperately need a female to sexually facilitate their joining so they can complete their permanent transition.
Thanks to her overprotective male relations, Charlotte "Charli" Maguire's current love life is non-existent. She yearns to fulfill her fantasy: Hot sex with two men. Hah. She might as well wish to visit the moon. Then Charli wins a contest sponsored by Rookery Cove Aphrodisiacs: An all expense-paid vacation to Halifax, a tour of the factory, and $500 worth of sex aids.
During the tour, the guide takes her to the "fantasy room." Charli finds herself the sensual participant in a threesome with two gorgeous men. Forget the sex toys. Forget the nearest exit. These two hunks are better than any prize!
The national bestselling author of Cupid, Inc. takes readers on a hedonistic holiday with four erotic fantasies.
Just off the Florida Keys, Fantasyland-a chain of exotically themed islands-offers the perfect setting for guests to act out their wildest dreams. If a woman is looking for her own pirate of the Caribbean, there's an island where bawdy buccaneers roam the shores in search of booty. And then there's the island where vacationers can be treated like royalty-or servants-depending on whether they want someone groveling at their feet or taking control of their pleasure.
Michele Bardsley lives in Florida with her husband, their two children, and Their Highnesses Isis and Cleopatra, two of the most spoiled Bengal cats on the planet.
When he's not making idiotic thieves pay financial homage to the Family, who owns everything in Los Regalos, demon Simon LaRue mixes cocktails at the Dusty Star Casino & Lounge. If you want a drink with pizzazz, you ask Simon for the Virgin's Kiss.
Miranda Boson is a scientist raised by an aunt who believed in intellect over emotion. She knows something is missing from her life. After all, she's never even had a date, let alone a lover. When her aunt dies and leaves her a fortune, she jumps at the chance to do something unexpected and fun. She's delighted when Hot Spot Destinations books her on a fantasy vacation to Los Regalos.
When Miranda stumbles into the wrong section of town and is nearly mugged, Simon rescues her. Their attraction is undeniable. Miranda is hoping for an affair to remember. What she doesn't know is that Simon adores her body, but it's her purity that really turns him on. There's nothing sexier to a demon than an innocent soul begging to be corrupted. And all it takes to start the hellfires burning is a real virgin's kiss.
Once they were Vikings who abandoned the old ways, seeking lives of peace and prosperity in an unknown land. Now they're vampires, immortals cursed by the witch of a dying race. For a millennium they've lived lonely lives, preying on mortals, trying to hold on to the last remnants of their humanity.
Alrek Once a great leader, he left Greenland's shores with his best friends to start over…only to lose his wife and baby daughter. In modern times, he lives only for his own pleasure…until he finds Charron — the woman who may finally end his suffering.
Úlfr Tucked away in a remote village of Mexico, Úlfr is the "Dark One". To assuage his hunger for blood and pleasure, he accepts the sacrifices offered by the locals. Until he is offered the beautiful virgin Roja — the very woman who can save his soul.
Thórr In his human life, Thórr had been a spiritual man, the conscience and hope for his brethren. But not even he is prepared for Mia, who believes she is not only his lifemate but the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
Publisher Note: This title was previously published elsewhere, but has been extensively revised for Ellora's Cave.
Reader Advisory: Contains brief scene with f/f interaction.
Mary Wolmack has lost her job, her dignity, and the key to her apartment. Cursed with being a "fat chick", she can't believe the hunk across the hall is interested in her. When he announces he's an alien prince whose people honor women of size, she realizes she's lost one more thing — her mind.
Matthew Adams, aka Tek, Crown Prince of Kratania, has traveled through a magical portal to find his soul mate, the woman foretold to become his queen. When Mary refuses to believe they are meant to marry, he picks up the challenge to prove he's not an Earther, and takes her to his world and shows her all the ways Kratanian men honor their women.
being a mother is never easy-especially when you're undead.
Eva LeRoy, Broken Heart, Oklahoma's librarian, got "vampified" when everyone else did: during a rogue vampire's feeding frenzy. But books still make her undead heart beat-and, strangely enough, so does Lorcan the Loner, the vampire who killed her...
When American Raine Sinclair arrives in England to claim her inheritance, she's immediately attracted to the hunky barrister managing her estate. But the castle holds more than just cobwebs and cold drafts. It's almost as if she's been in this place before...but though Raine shakes off the weird feelings of d‚j… vu, she can't shake off her sudden black-outs and her very vivid dreams about a man she once called husband. A man who looks just like her lawyer.
Eight-hundred years ago, Michael Connors was a medieval English lord who married his true love, Raine. Betrayed by his closest ally, Michael barters with a powerful witch to remember his life and his love . so that he might find her again in another life. In eight lifetimes, he's grown to manhood knowing his purpose: find Raine. Seven times before, he failed in his purpose, but now, he finally has her within reach.
However, an old evil lurks in the shadows, waiting for an opportunity to end their love and their lives forever. But this time around, Michael swears he won't live another life without Raine.
Publisher's Note: Life Without Raine is a revised and reedited version of a previous release with the same name.