Take a trip to the Castle! by Sharon Ashwood
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Take a trip to the Castle! - Post by Author Sharon Ashwood
Okay, so you’re looking for a different kind of summer vacation: Something unique, something a little adventurous, and yet available at a bargain price. Got it.
Have you thought of visiting the Castle? Sure, it’s had some bad press, but keep an open mind. First of all, it’s in another dimension. Who around the water cooler at work can say they’ve been somewhere like that? Plus, the portal is right downtown. No plane fares, no passports required. Yeah, the leather clad guys taking tickets are known to turn into slavering hellhounds from time to time, but that’s only if a traveller steps out of line.
This trip offers an experience you just won’t find anyplace else. Think of the Castle as a cross between a horror-themed amusement park and a game preserve. It’s a little short on views—there’s only an inside of the Castle, no outside—but there are plenty of caverns, underground streams, and steep stairways to provide interest. With so many twisting stone corridors, it’s a good idea to stick close to your tour guide, but the entire structure is lit by ever-burning torches. Wear comfortable shoes and be sure to adjust your camera’s settings for low light.
Now, a few safety tips. The prisoners--um--occupants of the Castle roam free. Pay attention to the areas marked safe for visitors, and under no circumstances roam out of bounds. There are demons at large. Do not feed the dragons. Do not purchase anything from the dark fey. Do not annoy the trolls. Most of all, obey the Castle guards—they haven’t had a vacation in hundreds of years, and they’re cranky. Observe these few precautions and you’re sure to leave with plenty of fascinating stories and unique snapshots!
And, before you leave, be sure to stop by the souvenir shop! Whether you’re looking for the ladies (check out our unique Succubus Allure line of lingerie) or something for yourself (fancy a shrunken head?), the store is sure to have something to intrigue and amuse. All proceeds go toward upgrading the first aid area.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime holiday opportunity! Forget Vegas with its whole what-happens-there-stays-there shtick. Pffft. With the Castle, there’s no guarantee that your playmates will ever see the light of day again. How’s that for confidentiality? As for the sign on the entrance: Welcome to the Castle. The price of admission is your soul. Ignore that bit. Don’t pay any attention. Really.
After centuries serving as a guardsman in the Castle, Captain Reynard finally gets permission to leave the supernatural prison—but it’s not for a holiday. A thief has stolen his soul, and he has only weeks to live unless he finds it.
The outside world has changed since the 1750s, and he turns to the one woman with the local knowledge and skills to help him. Ashe Carver is a crack monster-hunter but, faced with a custody battle, she's hung up her stakes and taken a job at the public library. She’s determined to show the courts and her ten-year-old daughter that she's as good a mother as she is a hunter.
Sticking to the no-slaying plan isn’t easy. There are lovelorn vampires haunting the library, a slime demon in the shopping mall, and her new-mom sister needs a hand with her ghostbusting biz. Then Reynard strides into her world like a hero from the library's Must Reads. Smokingly gorgeous, passionate and courageous to a fault, he has only weeks to live unless Ashe helps him. How can she say no?
Ashe picks up her weapons to save the day—but not every problem can be solved with a stake. With so much tragedy in her past, Ashe fears the disaster she sees ahead—and prays she doesn't fail everyone. Again.
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An extended vacay in the Castle a bit too exotic for your taste? I’d like to know about your dream summer vacation spot. Want to frolic with pink dolphins or embark on a space adventure with a hot astronaut? It’s your fantasy . . . we just want to hear about it! Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of my new paranormal romance novel, UNCHAINED.