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Author: Grace Draven

Looking for any excuse to delay in doing the laundry, Grace Draven turned to the much more entertaining task of telling stories about fantasy worlds, magic, antiheroes, and the women who love them.

She currently lives in Texas with her husband, kids, and a big doofus dog. Laundry has now been assigned to the kids.

Library

Phoenix Unbound - The Fallen Empire

Phoenix Unbound
  • Number: B078QTNK41
  • Release: 2018-09-25
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * SF: Fantasy
  • Publisher: ACE
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A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different.

Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion--and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire--and burn once more.


Madfall - A Duo of Dragon Shifter Novellas

Madfall
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B07DTWR4GC
  • Release: 2018-06-17
  • Authors: Dana Marton, Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Draven-Marton
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A duology of dragon shifter novellas from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors Dana Marton and Grace Draven:

Grace Draven's DRACONUS:

Four years ago, Leida was the golden-voiced favorite of a dragon lord until she stole a single treasure and vanished without a word. Magnus Silverclaw is a long-lived earth dragon skilled in the ways of magic. Furious over his human mistress's betrayal, he has sworn retribution and when she is captured, he has his chance. Leida is dragged before a dragon tribunal for high treason where the punishment is death.

But time hasn't dimmed her love for Magnus, nor cooled the fires of their mutual attraction. Throwing herself at the dragon's mercy, Leida is horrified to learn her fate: a bespelled silver collar set with gems and four years of servitude to her former lord. The revenge is everything the earth dragon could wish except for one thing - his beautiful mistress refuses to divulge the reason for her deception. Leida of the Glimmer South has a carefully guarded secret that can either reunite her with Magnus, or tear them apart forever...

~Draconus was previously published by the now-defunct Amber Quill Press.~

Dana Marton's DRAGON LORD:

Draknart is the scourge of the countryside, a dragon well accustomed to defeating and devouring all the knights and sacrificial maidens sent his way. But when another maiden turns up at his cave, he finds that she's not the easy meal he expected. Einin of Downwood is fierce and unafraid... and she's armed for battle. Intrigued, Draknart realizes that not only does his intended victim arouse more than just his appetite, her arrival is could be fortuitous in more ways than one.

Flood, famine and war has ravaged the village of Downwood, and the local priest blames Draknart's evil influence. Hoping to lift the curse on her village, Einin seeks out the dragon with the aim of being a slayer rather than a sacrifice. What she doesn't know is that Draknart is a dragon under a fairy queen's curse himself, doomed to transform to a man from midnight until dawn. To her surprise, Draknart offers her a bargain, one that might help her village - but at a high cost. With few options and even fewer resources at her command, Einin has no choice but to make a deal with a dragon...


Gaslight Hades - The Bonekeeper Chronicles Book 1

Gaslight Hades
  • Number: B06XJN6BJT
  • Release: 2017-03-10
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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Nathaniel Gordon walks two worlds—that of the living and the dead. Barely human, he's earned the reputation of a Bonekeeper, the scourge of grave robbers. He believes his old life over, until one dreary burial he meets the woman he once loved and almost married.

Lenore Kenward stands at her father’s grave, begging the protection of the mysterious guardian, not knowing he is her lost love. Resolved to keep his distance, Nathaniel is forced to abandon his plan and accompany Lenore on a journey into the mouth of Hell where sea meets sky, and the abominations that exist beyond its barrier wait to destroy them.

GASLIGHT HADES is a 39k-word novella-length gaslamp fantasy romance with a sprinkling of airships, monsters and ghosts.

This story may also be found in the duology, Beneath a Waning Moon, alongside an Elizabeth Hunter tale.


The Undying King

The Undying King
  • Number: B01MTTEUUF
  • Release: 2016-11-26
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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The stories are told in whispers, even after so long: of a man whose fair rule soured when he attained eternal youth. Imprisoned by a sorceress wife in a city out of time and place, he has passed into legend. Few believe in him, and fewer would set their hopes on his mercy. But Imogen has no choice. To break the curse that's isolated her since birth, she'll find the Undying King--and answer his secrets with her own...

^^Author Note: The Undying King is a stand-alone (not part of any series) novella of approximately 43,000 words and is also available in a duology titled FOR CROWN AND KINGDOM. This tale is intended for mature audiences.


Teeth, Long and Sharp - A Collection of Tales Sharp and Pointed

Teeth, Long and Sharp
  • Number: B01M10ZVGD
  • Release: 2016-10-04
  • Authors: Jeffe Kennedy, Grace Draven, Antioch Grey, Aria M. Jones, Mel Sterling
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Draven / Grey / Jones / Kennedy / Sterling
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IVORIES by Aria M. Jones - Eleanor resents the afternoons sacrificed to piano lessons and a disagreeable teacher who gloats over her failures and humiliations. Today, it’s Mrs. Lundemann’s turn for a sacrifice of a very different nature…

NIGHT TIDE by Grace Draven - Something hunts the surf at night, luring villagers to their deaths with a lullaby of sorrow and the torture of nightmares. Blessed with the gift of water-sight, Zigana Imre senses the presence of an ancient predator possessing a taste for human flesh sweetened by grief. With the help of a child of earth, she will battle a spawn of the sea to protect a loved one and save a man who will one day save a world.

THE NOISE OF FUR by Jeffe Kennedy - The first time, it came at night…

In the forest, a Thing prowls, picking off members of young Raven’s tribe. If they flee their home, they face starvation. If only Raven can answer the question of what kind of fur makes that noise.

VENETRIX by Antioch Grey - A merchant and a poet come to the City, seeking justice for the murder of a relative, and if justice cannot be found, they will have revenge. They collude with vampires, negotiate with mermaids, share ale and meat pies with gargoyles and navigate the prisons, waterways and court system of a city ruled by a Master possessing long life and even longer teeth.

The City will make you a fortune, or it will kill you, but it will always change you.

THE VAMPIRES OF MULBERRY STREET by Aria M. Jones - Living the simple life in small town Indiana, Mrs. H has everything she could possibly ever want: a cozy house, peace and quiet, and a garden that is the envy of Mulberry Street. But when sinister outsiders disrupt the tranquility of her neighborhood, it might be time for her to come out of retirement and take up tools more deadly than pruning shears and a trowel.

VOICE OF THE KNIFE by Mel Sterling - Biologist Charles Napier doesn’t mind getting lost in a Florida swamp—it’s part of a scientist’s job. Logic and training will get him out safely. Except lurking in this swamp, there’s a monster Napier’s science can’t explain...a lonely, exquisite, desperate monster.

~Foreword by Ilona Andrews~


Wyvern - A Dragon Shifter Novella

Wyvern
  • Number: B01KNRW3NQ
  • Release: 2016-09-05
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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Eight years earlier the talented fiddler, Elsbeth Weaver, gave up the man she loved to care for her ailing grandfather. Now, she must risk her life to save her grandfather from a lynching by playing for the wyvern terrorizing the countryside. When she comes face-to-face with the beast at the haunted cliffs of Maldoza, she is both frightened and fascinated. Something about the creature reminds her of the bard who once stole her heart, something more than just a shared name.

Alaric has never stopped loving the human woman he left behind in a dusty village almost a decade before. When he meets her again at Maldoza, wearing old dragon armor and playing her fiddle as if her heart would break, he is overjoyed. Elsbeth doesn’t know her erstwhile lover is only an illusion for the wyvern, and Alaric must convince her that the heart of the beast is no less devoted than the heart of the man.

~Second edition. Originally published by Amber Quill Press in 2007~

Note: Some scenes contain graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.


Lover of Thorns and Holy Gods

Lover of Thorns and Holy Gods
  • Number: B01ITL6NBQ
  • Release: 2016-07-20
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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A trilogy of short stories from the worlds of Master of Crows, Entreat Me, and Radiance.

STRONG BLOOD (3,504 words) – Ballard de Sauveterre from ENTREAT ME crosses time to share a drink with Silhara of Neith from MASTER OF CROWS and discovers a connection that spans generations.

CROW AWAKENED (2,975 words) – A short follow-up to THE BRUSH OF BLACK WINGS in which a terrified Silhara finally learns why his beloved wife Martise is fading before his eyes.

A MATTER OF TRUST (5,336 words) – A cultural divide is resolved in the most delightful way between Brishen and Ildiko Khaskem. Takes place after RADIANCE and before EIDOLON.


For Crown and Kingdom - A Duo of Fantasy Romances

For Crown and Kingdom
  • Number: B01GD17RMI
  • Release: 2016-05-29
  • Authors: Jeffe Kennedy, Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Grace Draven and Jeffe Kennedy
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~Two fantasy romance tales by bestselling and award winning authors Jeffe Kennedy and Grace Draven~

***The Crown of the Queen: a novella of the Twelve Kingdoms by Jeffe Kennedy

It's been a lifetime since librarian Dafne Mailloux saw the coronation of the tyrant who destroyed her family. She did her part to pull him off the High Throne. But his daughter, the would-be Queen, and her sisters must still tame their conquest. If her victory is to last, Dafne must forge peace with the subtle, ruthless methods of a diplomat--and the worst memories of her life...

***The Undying King by Grace Draven

The stories are told in whispers, even after so long: of a man whose fair rule soured when he attained eternal youth. Imprisoned by a sorceress wife in a city out of time and place, he has passed into legend. Few believe in him, and fewer would set their hopes on his mercy. But Imogen has no choice. To break the curse that's isolated her since birth, she'll find the Undying King--and answer his secrets with her own...

^^Author Note: The Undying King is intended for more mature audiences and contains graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.


Eidolon - Wraith Kings Book 2

Eidolon
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B01EGXF8M6
  • Release: 2016-04-18
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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**Sequel to RADIANCE and Book #2 in the Wraith Kings series**

In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne.

Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned.

A tale of alliance and sacrifice.


Beneath a Waning Moon - A Duo of Gothic Romances

Beneath a Waning Moon
  • Number: B0160338Q8
  • Release: 2015-09-29
  • Authors: Grace Draven, Elizabeth Hunter
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, * Rom: Historical, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Hunter/Draven
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Two delightfully dark tales of Gothic romance from Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven.

In A VERY PROPER MONSTER, Josephine Shaw spends long nights filling the pages of her Gothic stories with the fantastic and the macabre, unaware that the suitor her father has arranged is one of the dark creatures she’s always dreamed. For Tom Dargin, courting an ailing spinster was only one duty in a long life of service to his sire. But after he meets the curious Miss Shaw, will Tom become the seducer or the seduced? Can a love fated to end in tragedy survive a looming grave?

In GASLIGHT HADES, Nathaniel Gordon walks two worlds—that of the living and the dead. Barely human, he's earned the reputation of a Bonekeeper, the scourge of grave robbers. He believes his old life over, until one dreary burial he meets the woman he once loved and almost married. Lenore Kenward stands at her father’s grave, begging the protection of the mysterious guardian, not knowing he is her lost love. Resolved to keep his distance, Nathaniel is forced to abandon his plan and accompany Lenore on a journey into the mouth of Hell where sea meets sky, and the abominations that exist beyond its barrier wait to destroy them.


The Brush of Black Wings

The Brush of Black Wings
  • Number: B011LVZV8C
  • Release: 2015-07-13
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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~The novella-length sequel to MASTER OF CROWS.~

During a foray into the woods of Neith, Martise stumbles upon a ruined temple and reawakens not only a power she thought lost, but also something far more malevolent. An ancient darkness, imprisoned in an eternal cage, sees a chance at freedom in a woman once held in bondage.

Desperate to save her, the Master of Crows will break the barriers of time and worlds to challenge an entity born of forgotten magic and the remnants of souls--a demon king who once led hordes of the damned across the face of the world.

The destroyer of gods will battle the destroyer of men to reclaim his wife and discover a truth the keepers of history once conspired to conceal.

A tale of revelation and redemption.


Radiance - Wraith Kings Book 1

Radiance
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B00S5IDLEQ
  • Release: 2015-01-11
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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~THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE~

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

~THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE~

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

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Author's note: this tale contains scenes of graphic intimacy.


The Light Within - A Winter's Tale

The Light Within
  • Number: B00R35EZNS
  • Release: 2014-12-15
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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A bonus short story featuring Silhara and Martise from MASTER OF CROWS.

In THE LIGHT WITHIN, Silhara of Neith, now known as "the god-smiter," travels as the guest of honor to the winter festival of his father's people.

The crow mage who destroyed one god must ignite sacred fires in honor of another. Yet the winter festival only reminds Silhara that the brightest light within him isn't the fire of a deity but the devotion of one woman.

A tale of hope and celebration.

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Author's note: This story takes place after the events in MASTER OF CROWS. It is a short story of approximately 3,700 words.


All the Stars Look Down - A Duo of Christmas Romances

All the Stars Look Down
  • Number: B00Q0CJQM0
  • Release: 2014-11-21
  • Authors: Grace Draven, Elizabeth Hunter
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Hunter/Draven
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A duo of all-new Christmas novellas from two of the top names in paranormal romance.

In SUNDAY'S CHILD, Grace Draven heats up a cold and lonely Christmas when museum archivist, Claire Summerlad, meets a mysterious new co-worker. Andor’s past may be a mystery, but is a future with Claire possible with a centuries-old punishment hanging over his head? Father Christmas meets Norse mythology in this brand new Christmas novella from the author of Master of Crows.

In LOST LETTERS AND CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, readers return to the Elemental Mysteries in an all new novella by Elizabeth Hunter. Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo travel to Rome when an new mystery interrupts their Christmas. Fina Rossi may have been the director of the Vecchio library, but she wasn’t expecting vampires for the holidays! Christmas takes an unexpected turn when she meets her employers’ old friend, Zeno Ferrara. He has the key to solving a mystery plaguing Beatrice’s client, but he's taken a far more personal interest in Fina.


The Lightning God's Wife - a short story

The Lightning God's Wife
  • Number: B00NP9SQQ8
  • Release: 2014-09-17
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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It hasn’t rained for a quarter of a century, and a dying world gasps for water. Outcast and exiled, the rain priestess Revida rescues a man and his children as they flee from the wrath of a creator god known as the Bitter Dark. But Atagartis is more than a man, and Revida soon discovers the lover she’s known only in dreams has a purpose for her and the tearless grief she’s born for more than two decades.

A tale of the Glimmer Lands in the world of MASTER OF CROWS.

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This is a short story of approx. 7,300 words.


Entreat Me

Entreat Me
  • Number: B00HEKTLPO
  • Release: 2013-12-16
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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Afflicted by a centuries-old curse, a warlord slowly surrenders his humanity and descends toward madness. Ballard of Ketach Tor holds no hope of escaping his fate until his son returns home one day, accompanied by a woman of incomparable beauty. His family believes her arrival may herald Ballard’s salvation.

...until they confront her elder sister.

Determined to rescue her sibling from ruin, Louvaen Duenda pursues her to a decrepit castle and discovers a household imprisoned in time. Dark magic, threatening sorcerers, and a malevolent climbing rose with a thirst for blood won’t deter her, but a proud man disfigured by an undying hatred might. Louvaen must decide if loving him will ultimately save him or destroy him.

A tale of vengeance and devotion.

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Author note: This fantasy romance/fairytale retelling contains adult situations and graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.


Master of Crows

Master of Crows
  • Number: B005GHN2GG
  • Release: 2011-08-08
  • Author: Grace Draven
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Grace Draven
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What would you do to win your freedom?

This is the question that sets bondwoman, Martise of Asher, on a dangerous path. In exchange for her freedom, she bargains with her masters, the mage-priests of Conclave, to spy on the renegade sorcerer, Silhara of Neith. The priests want Martise to expose the sorcerer's treachery and turn him over to Conclave justice. A risky endeavor, but one she accepts without hesitation--until she falls in love with her intended target.

Silhara of Neith, Master of Crows, is a desperate man. The god called Corruption invades his mind, seducing him with promises of limitless power if he will help it gain dominion over the world. Silhara struggles against Corruption's influence and searches for ways to destroy the god. When Conclave sends Martise as an apprentice to help him, he knows she's a spy. Now he fights a war on two fronts--against the god who would possess him and the apprentice who would betray him.

Mage and spy search together for a ritual that will annihilate Corruption, but in doing so, they discover secrets about each other that may damn them both. Silhara must decide if his fate, and the fate of nations, is worth the soul of the woman he has come to love, and Martise must choose continued enslavement or freedom at the cost of a man's life. And love.

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Author note: This fantasy romance contains adult situations and graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.


Book Library

  • Phoenix Unbound Phoenix Unbound
  • Madfall Madfall
  • Gaslight Hades Gaslight Hades
  • The Undying King The Undying King
  • Teeth, Long and Sharp Teeth, Long and Sharp
  • Wyvern Wyvern
  • Lover of Thorns and Holy Gods Lover of Thorns and Holy Gods
  • For Crown and Kingdom For Crown and Kingdom
  • Eidolon Eidolon
  • Beneath a Waning Moon Beneath a Waning Moon
  • The Brush of Black Wings The Brush of Black Wings
  • Radiance Radiance
  • The Light Within The Light Within
  • All the Stars Look Down All the Stars Look Down
  • The Lightning God's Wife The Lightning God's Wife
  • Entreat Me Entreat Me
  • Master of Crows Master of Crows