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Laura Briggs is a writer in both the traditional and independent publishing worlds, with best-selling works such as The Wedding Caper and Dear Miss Darcy. Her venture into fantasy literature includes The Dark Woods series, co-authored by S.E. Steinbrenner.
There are sticks and stones which can bind a witch, but not kill her. They can't be drowned as some thinks. Killing one by flame is the only way to destroy the bone and blood...
In a time when magic makers and spell casters roam the countryside, there are men who earn wages by hunting them. Burning them for their crimes, facing the peril of spells and subtler dangers from dark servants skilled in evading punishment...
Among them, Neel is the greatest of all. A legend in his prime who tracks even the most cunning of witches who plague the land, he carves a mark for each sorceress or warlock of power burned at the stake by his hand. Calculating and hard by nature, a loner and wanderer by trade, he and his services are demanded by king and commoner alike. Any who has a grievance against a magic maker and the coin with which to pay the hunter's services.
A request from a queen to track a witch of no name takes him across the vast countryside in pursuit of a sorceress whose spell is unmistakable–and whose curse takes a hideous form each time it is cast. Three victims in all, three tales which span consequences from abandoned thrones to lovers divided by pain. Three sufferers who describe a witch whose physical appearance and power seems to change without explanation, until the witch hunter knows his pursuit is of a witch possessing no ordinary magic.
Three sufferers, three separate fates, one spell.
The second cycle of The Dark Woods Trilogy crafts an original story from traditions embedded deeply in the world of folklore and fairytales. The authors of First Bite and The Fairy Godmother's Apprentice explore the deeper logic in both of these worlds, in which the methods for destroying a witch are as complicated as the rituals behind her power ... and the consequences of casting a spell cannot be undone so easily.
Adelle Bradbury doesn’t like adventure—in books or real life. As a quiet librarian who hides behind reading glasses, she doesn’t expect to be swept into a dangerous mission to recover one of the world’s most famous lost treasures. But that’s exactly what happens when a mysterious history buff enlists her help to recover a treasure map—A map he insists is concealed in one of the library’s old books, its contents revealing the secret location of King Solomon’s missing wealth. Suddenly, mild-mannered Adelle is thrust into a world of treasure hunters, secret societies, and thieving profiteers. In a mad dash to protect the treasure, she finds a courage she never expected and something more—the possibility of true love.
Eleven Christmas Eves ago, young Libby Taylor said goodbye to her newborn son. With only her music dreams to keep her going, she vowed to someday make a life he could be part of. With a recording contract on the horizon, now seems like the perfect time, but an accident on an icy road sends Libby on a strange detour.
Badly injured and alone, she finds herself guided on a spiritual journey of discovery by the imagined ghosts of idolized music legends whose own mistakes mirror her personal choices.
Forced to examine the consequences of her past, present, and even her future, will Libby learn from the mistakes of the past before it’s too late, or will she survive only to lose everything that truly matters—including a chance for love?
Pert, overly-confidant Olivia Darcy has it all: looks, a lively personality, a successful career as a love columnist, and a connection to Jane Austen's greatest love story. Being the descendant of Lizzie and Darcy, however, hasn't guaranteed her a happy ending in love-in fact, Miss Darcy seems cursed by disaster and destined for a romantically-lonely life. But when a letter from a girl known as "Cottingley" pits Miss Darcy against Britain's most notorious bachelor, the seemingly dark and brooding Christopher Stanley, something's bound to change...as contentious banter, willful misunderstandings, and assumed perfections begin to unravel.
In the spirit of Shakespeare's Benedict and Beatrice (definitely not Romeo and Juliet) emerges a modern take on Austen's Pride and Prejudice. With a twist of love-hate romance, a dash of mild public scandal, and more than a few Jane Austen references, authors Briggs and Burgess draw on the world of Austen for a lightly-comic tale of not-so opposites, with characters whose romantic barbs are a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Jane herself.
Authors Briggs and Steinbrenner offer two short tales inspired by The Dark Woods trilogy’s First Bite. In Snow White’s Knight, dark adventures await Prince Reiden when he attempts to rescue the innocent princess from the terrible fate destined by her stepmother. In Shakespearesque tragedy Magic Mirror, a vengeful wizard, an obsessed warlord, and a callous ruler are connected by a fatal prophecy from the enchanted mirror.
Is the illusion the Queen cannot live without. It drives her to horrors beyond the imagination of those beneath the spell of her charms. Leaving ruined kingdoms in her wake, a dire prophecy before her–and one chance to conquer her fate.
Is the only chance Fortulla has to escape the grim fate that awaits one branded as a servant of evil since her memories begin. She longs for the chance to be free, to grasp hope and happiness beyond the curse of her existence.
Is the child whose existence could change everything. A princess whose life is threatened by a force beyond her understanding; her destiny intertwined with good and evil.
First Bite reweaves the classic story of Snow White from the perspective of its dark and desperate villainess, one of the greatest in fairy tale lore. Told with the backdrop of pagan lore, magic, and mystery, the story of a desperate Queen and an innocent princess is connected to a servant girl’s secret past, their fates merging in an ending only a Magic Mirror could forsee.
Writer Laura Briggs steps outside her usual sweet romance genre and pairs with her fellow indie author for their first full-length independent novel, adding a touch of romance to a fantasy tale of suspense.
They are born of a drop of milk on the water; of a burning live coal in a barrel of wet ash, a rose petal sunk in a heap of sand.
There are three kinds of fairies-or so the stories claim-the last of which are the faerie godfolk. The wish-granters and half-human of the fairy world, they are meant to atone the mischief of fairies among men.
But do they? When young Baillie Albus learns the truth of her own strange gifts and becomes an apprentice destined to grant a human's wish, she discovers a complex existence. and darker truths.beneath the surface of a world that is both faerie and mankind.
Julia Allen is a waitress by day, painter by night, and.a famous 1800s authoress on weekends?
Moonlighting as Jane Austen for a historical open house is a strange hobby for a contemporary artist, but Julia loves the role-until she falls asleep and gets locked inside after all the visitors are gone! Rushing home from the dark, historical mansion, she collides with a stranger in the snowy park, and discovers later her shortcut cost her the rare copy of Austen's Northanger Abbey borrowed from a friend's treasured collection.
Book historian Eliot Weston thinks he imagined the Regency-era figure, but the book he finds in her wake proves otherwise. The first edition of Jane Austen's novel is authentic and incredibly rare, but he fails to find any trace of its owner. Reminders of the unusual encounter keep popping up, however, like the pretty modern artist eager to buy an identical volume. Coincidence? Or Divine intervention making it clear this is anything but an ordinary Christmas for these two hearts?
Alice Headley has a solid faith, a strong sense of family, and a business partner who shares her artistic ideals--a guy who just happens to be her childhood sweetheart. But she also has a "perfect" boyfriend--the man she's been dating for two years--so when he pops the question, she can't believe her answer isn't an automatic "yes."
Moments after his surprise proposal, Alice takes a tumble down the restaurant's staircase. A fall that leaves her with a nasty head bump and some very strange side effects: Visions of three female ancestors, figures who seem as real as the women Alice remembers from childhood experiences and family stories. They must be illusions, but she can't deny the truth behind their personal stories of heartbreak and love.
Is this a trick of the mind? Or God's way of saying her heart belongs with someone else--the youthful love she consigned to the past?
Once upon a time, in a village in Germany, there traveled a poor opera company. With them was a brilliant young composer whose career was yet to be written by history…and a young soprano whose past was a tragedy forgotten even by her.
As the stage is set for the composer’s masterpiece, the young woman is destined to face her worst fear. A dark opera unfolds around her, a simple children’s tale becomes a nightmare driving her towards her past beneath the shadows of the Konigsforst.
Into the woods we go…