RITUALS & RUNES is HERE!

Rituals & Runes is the PERFECT escape to worlds filled with paranormal, romance, urban fantasy, and more! And you can get a sneak peek into one of the stories exclusive to the box set, Air Witch. 

Check out the interview with C.D. Gorri and Gina Kincade to find out about her contribution!

Author: C.D. Gorri & Gina Kincade

Title:  Air Witch

R & R:  You mentioned in your taglines that this an academy book. What makes it different that others?

C.D.:  Unlike most of the Academy books, Westwood Academy for Witches is specifically for those Witches and Wizards over the age of 18. Think of it as a magical university where Witches with elemental magic go to hone their craft.

R & R:  That sounds amazing and something that will sizzle the reader’s imagination. 

What crazy antics does your FMC get into while in school?

C.D.:  In Air Witch, the FMC is Maia Meriwether. She finds herself caught between trying to change her fate and learning the limits of her magic without fear.

R & R:  A true heroine. It sounds like the hero will have his hands full.

Why do you think your readers will be drawn to the characters?

C.D.: This series is told in first POV, and I really think readers will resonate with the journey, hardships, joys, and trials of each of the five main characters as their stories get told in their own voices.

Maia is compelling because she appears to be the typical spoiled rich girl. The lesson of course, is that appearances are deceiving, but you will have to read to find out more. 

R & R:  Delicious. I can only imagine the trials and tribulations the journey will take her on. 

What made you think of your heroine’s character? 

C.D.:  I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with a co-writer for this series. Gina Kincade and I collaborated on this book and the other five. We wanted to do something with witches and the Westwood Academy was born!

R & R:  I think finding the right writing partner adds to the creativity level. 

What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?

C.D.:  I typically have a book every month or so. You can find many of my releases with Naughty Nights Press, the next of which is titled Arachne, and this is one of the Speed Dating with the Denizens of the Underworld books. This shared world has been fantabulous to write in and I can’t wait for this story to get into readers hands.

R & R:  They sound incredibly exciting and something the readers will devour.

How many hours a day do you write? 

C.D.:  I don’t know if I go by hours, but I do write every day. Whether its 90 words 9000 depends entirely on my muses.

R & R:  That’s amazing! Your creativity level is off the charts.

What author would you like to meet the most and why?

C.D.:  OMG, do I have to pick one? I have worked with so many amazing indie authors whom I would LOVE to meet. And then, of course, I would fangirl super hard over seeing my heroes in person. Right now I am in love with all things Charlaine Harris. Mary Janice Davidson, and Robyn Peterman.

R & R:  I can tell you have diverse tastes and that’s wonderful!

Would you prefer to read a suspense thriller or a romcom?

C.D.:  Romcom!! Hands down. And I just love paranormal and sci-fi romcom. I really love to laugh, and I try to read (and write) those as much as possible.

R & R:  Thank you so much for taking the time to answer the questions! 

Blurb

Air Witch


Exams suck, especially Westwood Academy’s midyear Magical Decathlon.

Maia is the youngest Witch in her family, and the sole heir to the fabled Meriwether cache of magic. It is her duty to uphold the family name and to bring honor to the Meriwether Witches that came before her. 

Her parents aren’t the only ones with high expectations of their youngest. She has the professors on her back too. One in particular. Not exactly what she had in mind when she came to Westwood Academy. Longing for freedom, she only wants to make her own choices without repercussions to her family name.

Will Maia disappoint her family and school by refusing to play their midyear games? Or will she draw on her inner strength and surprise even the most cynical of her instructors? Find out in Air Witch!

Welcome to Westwood Academy. Forget what you know and let your magic run wild.

Excerpt

A few years ago…

“You can be smart or pretty, Maia. Not both,” Sissy said, pulling my hair into a braid so tight tears rolled down my once chubby cheeks.

I hated special occasions. My cousin Sissy had lived with us for as long as I could remember. She was fifteen years older than me and had been put in charge of my appearance that holiday season. Celebrating Samhain with a huge feast and carnival was a Meriwether tradition. 

My family always hosted the festivities on our huge estate out in Long Island. It used to be fun when I was a kid. Now that I’d grown boobs and my magic had come in, it was something else.

I used to look forward to this holiday. The Long Island house boasted a large library where I’d disappear for hours when I’d been younger. Reading was one of my guilty little pleasures. Eating too.

Oh, how I’d once looked forward to the succulent, roasted meats, trays of freshly made pastas, and perfectly sauteed vegetables. Not to mention the endless cakes, sweets, and cold-pressed apple cider we offered to celebrate the occasion. 

But not anymore. Sissy had been relentless about my diet in the months leading up to Samhain. Her harsh reminder as she pulled my hair into a ridiculously complicated plait down my back was unnecessary.

I knew what I was. My future was already decided by my powerful father and beautiful mother. I could choose to be a nerd, but not without consequences. I was still too young and desperate for approval to ever consider life shunned by my rich and powerful family. 

My parents, Martine and Frederick Meriwether, were the heads of our house. They valued beauty and power above all else. The choice was simple.

I could either embrace what being a Meriwether truly meant. Or I could try to live without them.

At seventeen, I was not ready for such a choice. So I sat quietly and endured the pain as Sissy doubled her efforts to make me cringe. I was pretty, but I was also smart. I could play their game. 

For now, I told myself as I stood to look at myself in the mirror.

“Thank you, Sissy,” I replied politely.

I had to hand it to my pinch-faced cousin, the intricate design she’d created in my long golden locks was quite beautiful. I looked like a fairy princess.

“Hmmpf,” she muttered and turned away.

Sissy always did hate me. I wasn’t exactly sure why. Maybe it was because her hair was a flaming red instead of the preferred Meriwether blonde. Maybe it was because her parents sent her to mine like some sort of indentured servant. 

But it probably had more to do with the simple fact that our grandmother had willed a greater portion of her magic to me than any of her other heirs. Grandmother Meriwether had seven sons, and each son had a minimum of three children. All of them vying for a bigger piece of the family magic.

It was pathetic and cruel. The idea of having children so you could siphon their powers and add them to yours. But that was what the Meriwether men expected of their female children.

Author Bios:

C.D. Gorri is a USA Today Bestselling author of steamy paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She is the creator of the Grazi Kelly Universe.

Join her mailing list here: https://www.cdgorri.com/newsletter

An avid reader with a profound love for books and literature, when she is not writing or taking care of her family, she can usually be found with a book or tablet in hand. C.D. lives in her home state of New Jersey where many of her characters or stories are based. Her tales are fast paced yet detailed with satisfying conclusions.

If you enjoy powerful heroines and loyal heroes who face relatable problems in supernatural settings, journey into the Grazi Kelly Universe today. You will find sassy, curvy heroines and sexy, love-driven heroes who find their HEAs between the pages. Werewolves, Bears, Dragons, Tigers, Witches, Romani, Lynxes, Foxes, Thunderbirds, Vampires, and many more Shifters and supernatural creatures dwell within her worlds. The most important thing is every mate in this universe is fated, loyal, and true lovers always get their happily-ever-afters.

Want to know how it all began? Enter the Grazi Kelly Universe with Wolf Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel or pick up Charley’s Christmas Wolf and dive into the Macconwood Pack Novel Series today.

For a complete list of C.D. Gorri’s books visit her website here:

Thank you and happy reading!

del mare alla stella,

C.D. Gorri

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USA Today Bestselling Author Gina Kincade spends her days tapping away at a keyboard, through blood, sweat, and often many tears, crafting steamy paranormal romances filled with shifters and vampires, along with witchy urban fantasy tales in magical worlds she hopes her readers yearn to crawl into.

A busy mom of three, she loves healthy home cooking, gardening, warm beaches, fast cars, and horseback riding.

Ms. Kincade’s life is full, time is never on her side, and she wouldn’t change a moment of it!

Find more from Gina at: https://www.ginakincade.com

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🎃Sugar, Pumpkin Spice, and…🎃

✨Rituals & Runes of course!✨

Dive into this SPELLBINDING collection October 4!

With over 20+ tales from the HOTTEST bestselling authors around, there’s something for EVERYONE…including the Most Unholy Pumpkin Spice book, exclusive to the anthology. 

Please welcome Cara Wylde as we discuss her story. 

Author: Cara Wylde

Book: Most Unholy Pumpkin Spice

R&R: Your title is quirky, funny, and perfect as we cozy up to the Fall season. Where did you get your inspiration from for your title and book concept? 

Cara: Most Unholy Pumpkin Spice is part of a series I started writing this year – Of Food and Other Demons. All the novellas and novels in this series were inspired by a meme that’s been going around social media for some time now. I kept seeing it over and over, and at some point I said, “Okay, that’s it. I have to write this.” It’s a writing prompt that goes:

The demon stands amid your destroyed kitchen screaming, “How? How were you able to summon me?!” You’re standing in the corner flipping through your grandma’s cookbook as fast as you can, screaming back, “I don’t know!! You were supposed to be chicken soup!”

The first novella in the series is called Chicken Soup Gone to Hell, and it’s free everywhere – https://books2read.com/u/3Ly210

R&R: What a ton of fun! In your submission, which character was easiest to write?

Cara: The demon, Murmur. I always find it easy to write my demon characters, because they know what they want, and they go for it. They’re also super sweet and protective.

R&R: So appealing! Would you pick the male character for your book as a love interest for yourself? Why or why not?

Cara: Definitely! Forget that he’s hot and delicious in every way, but he also has magic powers! In my book, the main character, Ginny, says at some point that he’s her sugar demon and she’s his sugar witch. Who wouldn’t want a sugar demon? I know I do.

R&R: Agreed! We DO want one! Is there something about your main characters that you don’t like? Tell us about it.

Cara: I don’t think so. Ginny is a bit chaotic, but I think that only makes her more endearing. And Murmur is just a sweetheart. With horns and a tail.

R&R: Lovely characters! What was your favorite childhood book?

Cara: This is a tough question. I read a lot as a kid, and it’s hard to say… I’m going to say Two Years’ Vacation by Jules Verne, for obvious reasons.

R&R: It was a tough question but you answered well. What has impacted your writing?

Cara: Everything I read and watch impacts my writing.

R&R: Very true. What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?

Cara: I’m very much into monster romance this summer, and I have two monster series that I plan to expand with more books.

One is my Orc Mates series, and the next book that’s on pre-order is Uthar the Hunter – https://books2read.com/uthar

And my Monster Hearts series, where the next book is Heart of a Gargoyle – https://books2read.com/gargoyleheart

R&R: Sexy and very popular right now. Would you rather live forever or wake up every day with a new superpower?

Cara: I’d rather live forever.

R&R: That wraps it up! Wonderful talking to you. Below, we have more juicy information about Most Unholy Pumpkin Spice.

Book blurb:

A demon once summoned is bound to his witch.

That is the first rule of demon summoning. But don’t blame me for not knowing! I just found out I’m a witch.

All I wanted was a hot pumpkin spice latte on a cozy, rainy day. What I got was a demon crawling into my bed at night. He has horns, a tail, hooved feet, and a body worth being damned to Hell for.

I never thought soul corruption could taste so delicious.

Excerpt:

There was a rustle again, and the sound startled me awake. The room was dark, and for a moment, I wanted to turn on the lamp on my bedside table. Then I remembered Sunny. Since Mom wasn’t here, the dog would want to sleep with me. It was probably her wandering around, trying to find a good spot.

I fell back asleep.

The mattress dipped under a weight that wasn’t mine. The feeling that I wasn’t alone in the room hit me out of nowhere, and my eyes snapped open. It was still dark, it was still raining, and Sunny wasn’t by my side. I slowly sat up and looked at the foot of the bed, where I once again felt like the mattress dipped further under someone’s weight.

And then I saw it. A shadow.

Dark, massive, crawling toward me.

“No,” I whispered. “This is a dream.”

But if it were a dream, I should’ve been able to wake up just by telling myself that it was a dream.

“I shouldn’t have drunk coffee…”

Even as the terror grew inside me, I found the strength to reach out for the lamp. I pressed the button on the side, and a warm, shy beam of light fell on the figure crawling its way into my bed.

A man.

Pale skin, sharp spikes covering his arms, a strong jaw, and high cheekbones. A straight nose, intense dark eyes, dark hair, and… horns atop his head.

I saw a tail snake its way through the sheets, lightly wrapping around my calf through the thick duvet.

A demon.

I screamed once.

He winced, then said, “You have summoned me, witch. I am here.”

I screamed again, and this time, I didn’t stop.

Author Bio:

Cara Wylde loves to write about strong, feisty women and their hot Alphas who will do anything to make them happy. Her books are filled with romance and just a dash of mystery, suspense, and that eerie atmosphere she fell in love with reading too many gothic novels. With a master’s degree in Comparative Literature, she can’t help but play with tropes and themes from various genres, trying to come up with fresh perspectives on the paranormal characters her readers love so much. Vampires, shapeshifters, demons, witches… Cara will always make sure they get their own twists.

When she’s not writing, Cara is reading, planning her next story, or daydreaming.

Where You Can Find Her: 

Author website – https://carawylde.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/carawylde

Readers group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/goodgirlsgonewylde

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/cara-wylde

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/carawylde/

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Rituals & Runes is the PERFECT escape to worlds filled with paranormal, romance, urban fantasy, and more! And you can get a sneak peek into one of the stories exclusive to the box set, The Mark. 

Check out this author’s interview with A.L. Kessler to find out about her contribution!

Author: A.L. Kessler

Title: The Mark

R & R:  How does the magic within the story create a powerful world that will entice your readers?

A.L.:  The magic in The Mark is a little more free-flowing than what is typically seen in a UF world. Because the story is shorter, I opted not to make hard and fast rules for the magic system and just let it flow with the story. This allows each character to use their magic in a way that’s more suited to their personality and is more of an energy from the person. 

R & R:  Incredible! I think the readers will really love to see how you do that.

What aspects of your FMC make her resilient and powerful?

A.L.:  Zada has to overcome a failure that she thinks she made in her pass while trying to stop a short term of peace from ending because of a traitor. She’s powerful in her own right with magic, of course, but she’s also smart and quick. She doesn’t let the opinion or persuasions of others to keep her from finding the truth. 

R & R:  It’s wonderful to see a powerful, persuasive heroine and I think she’ll really connect with the readers. 

Is your story going to continue into a series?

A.L.:  As of right now, it won’t be. It does pretty well as a standalone. 

R & R:  Never say never. The readers might demand more!

What’s your favorite aspect of your story?

A.L.:  I love the family-like interactions between Zada and her group and Verick and his spymaster. There’s a lot of fun banter between the characters. 

R & R:  Fantastic. I think a little humor adds so much to a story.

What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?

A.L.  My most recently release is the 13th and last book in my Here Witchy Witchy series, Rise and Fall. It’ concludes the adventures of Abigail Collins, a witch that solves paranormal crimes. 

R & R:  I’m sure writing the last book in a series is bittersweet and one the readers will enjoy!

Do you have any habits before you sit down to write a book?

A.L.  I have to have a cup of something to drink (typically coffee) before I start writing. It just gives me something to do with my hands during the minutes I have to think. 

R & R:  I think it’s so enjoyable to readers to learn about the different rituals authors have.

When did you begin writing?

A.L.  I’ve always crafted stories of some sort as I grew up. I actually started completing written stories in sixth grade and it was Sophomore year of high school that I decided I wanted to be an author. 

R & R:  Goodness, that is truly a remarkable feat and one to treasure. 

Do you prefer Chocolate Truffles or Twizzlers?

A.L.:  Truffles! Chocolate all the way! 

R & R:  A chocolate lover. I’m certain many readers can relate. Thank you so much for giving us a little insight into the world of A.L. Kessler!

Blurb:

The Mark

Zada Maddock became a demon hunter after the destruction of her family, but after a near-fatal mistake in her last battle, has spent two years away from her team. Now, she’s reluctant to return home and face the attack threatening an already uneasy truce. Her team is charged with hunting down the demon responsible for the attack. Only one problem….

Verick never expected to mate with a witch, but there was her mark on his skin. She and her team are out to destroy him. He needs to prove he was not behind the demon attack. Chaos lurks around every corner and time is running out to find the truth and stop another war between the witches and demons.

Excerpt:

A smirked pulled up at the corner of his mouth. “How did you survive that night?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about. Get out of here.” She held her hand up and swirling purple magic gathered in her hands. “You aren’t welcomed here.” 

He took a step forward, wanting to wipe that look of hate and anger off her face. Smooth her brow so she no longer looked so tortured. He hadn’t expected to bring up that night, but after seeing her. He wanted to know. 

“I saw the sword they stabbed you with, pinned you to a wall after saving a child.” 

She shook her head and backed up. “Your king pinned me and my own leader left met to die.” She twirled the dagger in her hand. “Leave.”

That wasn’t how it went down, but he could see that no amount of arguing was going to help right now. There was only one thing here that she understood right now. She was back in her territory and he could see her need to defend it in her eyes. 

“Make me.” He growled out with a smirk. 

And that got a smile out of her. She launched herself off the steps and threw her hand up, casting purple magic toward him. 

Verick dodged out of the way and called his own magic to his hand. A swirled of black sat above his palm and he raised a brow. “That all you’ve got, little witch?”

She tapped her foot and the ground shook beneath him, a crack opening up between his legs. The sound of it echoed down the street and he knew it was only a moment before her friends would come out to investigate. 

He rushed toward her, catching her off guard in her inebriate state. He curved his hand over the back of head, cradling it in his palm. He met her gaze. 

“Next time, little witch, fight me sober.” And then he did something he hadn’t actually been planning on. He press his lips to hers. 

For a moment, she pressed her lips back to him and then a sharp pain went through his stomach. 

He glanced down at the dagger in his side, she pulled it out and laughed. 

“Sober or not, I still drew blood.” She flicked her wrist casting the blood off her dagger and then stepped back. 

The blow wasn’t deadly, but it hurt like hell. He laughed at her and then wrapped shadows around him to take him back home.

Author Bio:

A.L. Kessler is known for her Here Witchy Witchy series. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her family. She dwells in her basement where she can be bribed with coffee or chocolate to leave.

Website and social media links: 

www.amylkesser.com 

https://www.facebook.com/alkesslerauthor
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Rituals & Runes is the PERFECT escape to worlds filled with paranormal, romance, urban fantasy, and more! And you can get a sneak peek into one of the stories exclusive to the box set, The Rune Sorceress

Check out this author’s interview with N.D.T. Casale to find out about her contribution!

Author: N.D.T. Casale

Title: The Ruin Sorceress

R & R:  The heroine on your cover has a sword in her hand. How is she forced to use the sword and is it magical?

N.D.T.  Yes, the sword is magical. My heroine uses the sword during her battles and when she shape-shifts.

R & R:  Exciting! She looks tough on the cover and something I think the readers will adore.

You’ve mentioned the term princess with regard to your story. Is this a traditional Cinderella style or more like Beauty and the Beast?

N.D.T.:  This story is an original tale that I have created. There are a few inspirations taken from Beauty and the Beast that I have woven throughout.

R & R:  Tasty and it sounds like a sizzling addition to the anthology. 

How did this story come to you?

N.D.T.:  This story was inspired by the cover and title of our Boxset Rituals and Runes. I wanted to incorporate runes into the story and I love sorcery. I did research about runes and learned about their significance with Norse Mythology. It sparked some ideas that I wove into this book.

R & R:  That truly sounds amazing, the aspect of adding Norse Mythology adding a special touch for readers.

What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?

N.D.T.:  This year I am publishing my first novel. It is titled Hickory Dickory Death and it releases in October.

I am also a coauthor on multiple anthologies. My story Blood of the Unicorn will be featured in Enchanted Forests coming out in July. My story The Sword, The Scepter, and The Crown will be featured in Kindred Kingdoms coming out in August. I will also be a part of a holiday-inspired anthology titled All I want for Christmas coming out in November.

R & R: Your first solo release will be exciting for the readers after indulging in your story. 

How do you keep your stories organized?

N.D.T.:  I keep my stories organized by using Google Docs. I keep each of my stories and ideas in different folders.

R & R:  Readers might be surprised how organized authors need to be.

Are you a plotter or a panzer?

N.D.T.:  I would say that I am a plotter. I write down ideas for my stories or I will create a rough outline of how I want my story to go. Many times I write as it comes to me.

R & R:  That takes a very creative mind to be able to do.

What is your favorite horror movie?

N.D.T.:  I do not have a favorite horror movie.

R & R: Understandable. Thank you for sharing a part of your world with us!

Blurb:

The Rune Sorceress

When a vain queen is turned into a raven by a mighty wizard, her handmaiden Annalina is declared the only one who can bring the queen back to her true form. After being told that she is a powerful sorceress, Annalina must embark on a quest to find the missing runes in order to break the curse and bring the joy back to the kingdom of Algravia. With a handsome baker and a puma as her guides, Annalina begins to unravel the shadows of her past and discovers a dark secret that was meant to stay hidden.

Excerpt:

Fingers slamming the iron latch into the thick wood sent the battle cry that would soon change Annalina’s life forever.

Clang! Clang!

Echoing throughout the castle and vibrating off of every piece of furniture, the sounds shook the young handmaiden to the core. Her hand knocked over the candle on the dining table and a spark ignited. Blowing her breath outward she extinguished the flicker and righted the rushlight.

“Clumsy girl!” Barked Queen Iradessa. “You cannot do anything right!” Turning her attention to the bowl of soup placed before her, the monarch scooped a spoonful of broth and rose it to her red lips. She sipped and shook her head. “It needs more pepper, take it back!” The ruler of Algravia huffed as she shoved the bowl away creating splatters on the silk table cloth.

Annalina leaned forward to pick up the soup when the loud knocks sounded again. She was surprised they could hear the hammering over the violent crashes of thunder.

“Who disturbs my peace during such foul weather?” Huffed Iradessa. She glared at the blonde-haired handmaiden.

“Well, what are you waiting for girl? Answer it!”

Placing the bowl back on the table, Annalina smiled, “Yes, Your Majesty.” She turned and headed out of the Great Hall. “I hate my life.” She muttered. A sigh escaped her tense lips, as an orphan teen, she knew she could not complain.

The rain pelted the glass and the wind howled as she approached the embellished oak door.

Who would venture out on such a miserable night thought Annalina. And where are the guards?

Wrapping her slender fingers around the iron handle she pulled back with all her might. To her surprise, standing before her stood a hooded figure.

“Hello,” a voice called. “Might I trouble you for a place to lay my head? I have been traveling for so long.”

Reaching his hand upward and pulling back his hood revealed the face of a man. Wrinkles creased his cheeks and forehead. His hair and beard were like new-fallen snow. Hunching over, the intruder’s dirty hands gripped a walking stick that had suffered many miles. The clothes on his short frame were torn and tattered.

As her eyes took in the mysterious stranger, Annalina could not help but feel this man was cloaked in secrecy.

Author Bio:

N.D.T. Casale is an Italian-American author who lives in the United States. She creates magical realms for others to escape to and enjoy. Her goal is to write stories that bring joy, happiness, and hope to the lives of many.

When she is not hard at work writing, N.D.T. Casale spends her time riding horses, working out, traveling, snowboarding, and looking for her next adventure. She is fluent in multiple languages, loves animals, and is obsessed with fashion and fitness. She always ends her day with a cup of tea. N.D.T. Casale also writes under the pen name N.D. Testa.

Website and social media links:

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Rituals & Runes is the PERFECT escape to worlds filled with paranormal, romance, urban fantasy, and more! And you can get a sneak peek into one of the stories exclusive to the box set, Dark Angels

Check out this author’s interview with Solo Storm to find out about her contribution!

Author: Solo Storm

Title: Dark Angels

R & R: What is the one aspect of your story that you think readers will enjoy?

Solo:  The story mixes angel fantasy, mafia romance, and academy, which is something I haven’t seen done a ton. The dark and light of angels works well with mafia romance, and I’ve situated them at an elite academy.

R & R:  That sounds like an incredible combination the readers will love.

Name something magical from the plot of your story.

Solo:  The academy they eventually get to is impenetrable by anyone outside of students and staff, and the building will not create quarters for you unless you agree to enroll in the school.

R & R:  It will be exciting to see how you incorporate that into a story.

What book or genre would you love to write in?

Solo:  I write in the genres I love already. Fantasy, romance, sci-fi, and any combination.

R & R:  Multi-talented and something I know attracts readers!

What is something you’ve tried and would love to do so again?

Solo:  I really want to write a clean contemporary romance under a pen name.

R & R:  You should go for it! 

What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?

Solo:  My main series is Waters Dark and Deep, which is about the Hallows and Nephilim and gives more of a foundation for the worldbuilding of this series, too. All of my fantasy series are set in the Archworldverse.

R & R:  Fantastic. I can only how complex and imaginative the world is that you created.

What is the best part of being an author?

Solo:  I love working from home, setting my own schedule, and being able to create stories for a living. There are lots of challenging parts of this business, but I enjoy the business aspect of it too. I also get great satisfaction from watching my work multiply year over year and knowing that I did it myself, I own it for 70+ years after my death (copyright law), and that I can find new ways to make money with it for as long as I live.

R & R:  You have an amazing perspective on the world of writing.

Fun Question – Do you prefer a quiet dinner with friends or a night out at a club?

Solo:  In my early twenties: a night out at a club

In my late thirties: definitely the quiet dinner with friends or preferably, a quiet dinner with my husband, no kids!

R & R:  A date night – perfect. Thank you so much for giving us a sinful taste of your life as an author!

Blurb:

Dark Angels (Omertà Angel Elite Academy #1)

Dark and Magical Twin Mafia Angels Have Come To Claim Their Princess.

Leona Capo has a plan. Spread a rumor about eye-witnessing a murder. Stage a spot to get kidnapped by a dangerous mob family. Smoke out her mafia boss mom who is impossible to track. What could possibly go wrong? 

She doesn’t see a way forward in her life until she finds her missing sister, Margot. But when she puts her life in the hands of mobster Nephilim twins, can she get herself out of the mess they create? Or will she need a miracle man to save her?

Excerpt: 

“And you are sure you want to do this, Leona?” 

She flipped her long golden curls over her shoulder. Her father Michael Capo, head of a special Hallow unit in Saint Louis, Missouri, that stopped criminal magic in the Archworld, had asked her this twelve billion times over the last few months—or at least that’s what it felt like. But her mind was made up. She needed to know what happened to her missing older sister. And she would do anything—even sacrifice parts of herself—to get the answers she needed.

She didn’t respond. It didn’t matter. Her father was never going to approve of her choice to take up the family business when she was just barely eighteen and still coming into her magic. He thought she should be older before attempting to help solve crimes. He thought she should be older before getting involved with the Nephilim family who ran the Chicago mafia…Along with the twin Valentino brothers that were not much older than her and had already established a far-reaching reputation for themselves.

“Should this even work,” he continued, “they will bully you to no end. Those twins are vicious. They will test you. They will try to claim you as theirs.”

The thought of the attractive twins having control over her made her uneasy, but she felt resolute in her decision. “And I will find my sister, even if I have to infiltrate their ranks, find their darkest secrets, and take them down one by one until they give me what I want.” Some part of her knew that she would never be able to move forward with her life until she had answers. Where was Margot? How and why did she disappear into thin air?

Author Bio:

Solo Storm is USA Today bestselling author best known for her young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance series, Waters Dark and Deep. Solo started reading young adult books when she was seven and never managed to grow out of them. To find out what she’s up to and get access to her latest fiction updates, go to solostorm.substack.com.

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Join the magic with Rituals & Runes, a collection of tantalizing tales from the masterminds of Shifters Unleashed for an author interview featuring Silvana G. Sánchez as she discusses her contribution to the anthology, Chosen by the Fae.

Author: Silvana G. Sánchez

Book: Chosen by the Fae

R&R: Your book features Fae as your supernatural being. What attracts you to them and why did you write about them? 

Silvana: Hi! And thank you for this interview! 

I enjoy writing characters out of the human sphere. The Fae have quickly become some of my favorites, because in writing them, I get to play with a different set of rules, a different moral compass–more on the grey side of the spectrum. And then, there’s magic. 

R&R: We are glad to have you. All sexy material for sure! 

Without sharing spoilers, tell us about the title of the book. Why did you choose that title? 

Silvana: Chosen by the Fae tells the story of Rhomn, the cursed fae prince of the Moonlight Court. Known as the dreary King Slayer after stealing the throne he sits on, Rhomn means to take matters into his own hands and break the curse, but when the fae oracles choose another, that doesn’t sit well with him. 

My story is the prequel, and narrates the events that led Rhomn and the Moonlight Court to their curse.

R&R: Tantalizing!

What is the hardest decision your main characters have to make?

Silvana: In the prequel, Rhomn has to make peace with the fact that the sorceress he thought he loved is the enemy, and he must unalive her.  

R&R: Oof, that’s a tough one.

Does your character have a plan for tomorrow? Next week? Tell us about it.

Silvana: Rhomn has to cross a portal tomorrow, from the Moonlight Court straight to San Francisco, California.

Can’t say more! You’ll have to read it, lol.

R&R: What a tease but we love it.

Explain what you need to get writing done and if you have any special snacks or drinks while writing.

Silvana: I need to have a Spotify playlist ready from the get-go. Each of my WIPs get their own playlist. Sometimes, I’ll include them in the books, but you can find Chosen by the Fae’s in my Spotify.

As for drinks, it’s a Starbucks frappucino in the daytime or chamomile tea if it’s really late at night. I usually don’t eat snacks while I write, but when I do, they better be spicy. (TAKIS, sponsor me! Lol).

R&R: A-ha! An author who writes to music. That’s always fun to see the playlists. And Takis are addictive!

You make amazing book covers. How do you balance your time as both a designer and an author?

Silvana: Thank you so much! It’s a challenge. But I try to stick to a schedule. Usually it’s designer work in the mornings and writing in the afternoon. Sometimes, late at night if I’m on a deadline–those times are intense!

R&R: Certainly tricky to balance when everyone wants stuff all at the same time.

What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?

Silvana: I recently released Curse the Moon, book two of my dark academia romantasy series, Vesely Academy. That series has supernatural mystery, steamy romance, and an LGBTQ+ wonderful villain who turns out to the be the hero. 

I’ve also released book three of my vampire romance series, The Unnatural Brethren. Cast in Blood is a NA paranormal romance with hot shifters, bad boy warlocks, and strong empowered witches… and sexy vampires, of course! 

Both can be read as standalones, I highly recommend them!

R&R: All of that sounds wonderful. 

Would you rather spend the night in a luxury hotel room or camping surrounded by beautiful scenery?

Silvana: I’d take any of them as long as the love of my life is there with me. 

Hi, Eric. I know you’re reading. 🙂

He’s the best.

R&R: How sweet. Thank you for the interview. Read on for more information on Chosen by the Fae and to check out her juicy snippet.

Book blurb:

Claim the crown, lose your kingdom.

Less than a year has passed since the renowned thief Rhomn Al’Sarik claimed the Moonlight Court’s crown, when a pack of harpies breaks into the palace in the middle of the summer ball. But the monsters’ strike is the least of King Rhomn’s worries as the stars start falling and the people lose their wings.

A powerful enchantress is behind the attacks. The Crimson Lady has more than one reason to despise Rhomn. When he broke up with her, not only did he shatter her heart, but her plans to rule the kingdom died as well. Now vengeance is hers to claim, and she will show Rhomn no mercy.

To save his people, King Rhomn must find the surviving Oracle Twin. Only she holds the answer to this riddle. But the clock is ticking, and Rhomn must act fast—before the sands of time run out, and the Moonlight Court is lost forever.

Excerpt:

Prologue: The Moonlight Palace

Harrowing shrieks resound in the palace. The cries are a song of death, so disquieting that throngs of high fae lords and ladies scurry away from the locked ballroom, jostling in the corridor, clustering in the doorways… desperate to escape.

One figure, however, does not flee. The clang of burnished steel armor announces the captain’s presence as he moves against the crowd with hurried footsteps, heading toward the dreaded chamber.

When he finally stops at the entrance, the most unsettling silence sets in. His weathered gauntlet meets the door and gives it a light tap. Gently, it creaks open. His eyes then lock intently in the impenetrable darkness that fills the narrow crevice.

Uncertainty rises, and as he lowers his hand, the heel cautiously glides on his sword’s hilt.

Every inch of him goes taut as he continues to watch, unraveling the shadows to the best of his fae focus, until a pair of violet eyes glint before him.

Struggling to tame his racing heart, he remains still.

Watching.

Waiting.

Author Bio:

USA TODAY bestselling author, Silvana G. Sánchez loves to write monsters with a heart of gold, villains who are heroes and get their happy endings. 

She lives in Mexico with her husband Eric, twins Iker (†)  and David, and two Shih-Tzu puppies she lovingly calls her dragons—Wookie and Padme. 

When not poking eyes in her practice as an Ophthalmologist, she’s known to write dark fantasy novels in her writing den. The Unnatural Brethren, Vesely Academy, and the Cursed Kingdoms are the worlds of her creation.

You’ll often find her in her reader’s group the Reader’s Den and on TikTok.

Stop by to say hello. She doesn’t bite—not always, anyway.

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Tag along with heroes and heroines as they navigate the Rituals and Runes of enchanted worlds, chock-full of adventure & teeming with heart-stopping romances. 
And tag along with us to enjoy an author interview with Patricia D. Eddy to talk about her upcoming book, Rune Bound, which only appears in this hot anthology.
Author: Patricia D. Eddy

Book: Rune Bound 

R&R: Runes have a central theme in your story. Can you give us some hints about their role in the story and the book’s central conflict? 

Patricia: The Runes are everything to Rune Bound. Ysenia, the heroine, has been stolen from her life and transformed into a Runes, one who can read Runes but also one who can wield them in a fashion. Runes–in real life–have power only in their interpretation. They’re a guide. But Ysenia can use them for more than simply helping others find their path in life. For her, they come alive. 

A war is coming to the kingdom, and only Ysenia can help Rolf, the lord she is fated to love, survive. But to do so, she’ll have to give in to a terrible and agonizing power only she can control. 

R&R: What a creative way to use runes in a story. And that’s a doozy of a conflict. Love it!

What is the best thing that ever happened to your main characters? The worst?

Patricia: To be honest, not many good things happen to these characters outside of them falling in love. Of course, they do get their HEA at the end of the story, but before that…it’s a lot of danger and intrigue and bad things happening. 

R&R: Lots of adventure with twists and turns to look forward to.

What would have to happen to make your character speak out, or, defend a stranger, in public?

Patricia: At the beginning of the book, Ysenia is traumatized by the ordeal that “made” her. She’s known only pain and betrayal. But Rolf makes her feel safe and protected. That allows her to speak up for herself and others. She has an amazingly strong protective streak for the weak and oppressed, and she’s not afraid to defend anyone by the second half of the book. 

R&R: Very much a worthy heroine.

What makes your character powerful? 

Patricia: Ysenia’s power comes from the magic forced upon her during her making. The mystical forces that created her didn’t expect her to retain the magic, so they are quite surprised when she figures out how to harness her power. 

But her true strength and power come from her love. Both her love for Rolf and her love for the people she’s come to serve as Runess. 

R&R: She seems like a rounded but conflicted character. Intriguing!

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Patricia: I try to do both, honestly. But if the two clash, I choose what’s right for the story. I write broken characters, and my books are all character-driven rather than plot-driven. I let the main characters tell me what they need to do, when, and how. Often, that’s the exact opposite of what I thought they’d do. It can be quite frustrating, but every time I’ve tried to urge them back to the direction I want, they just flat out refuse. 

R&R: Bunch of rebels. Makes them interesting. 

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Patricia: I love escaping into another world. That’s why I read and why I write. But even more, I love the relationships between the characters. 

R&R: Books truly come alive for authors as we write them, and readers when they read them. It is a beautiful escape. And nothing bears the amazing relationships between characters. Very true.

What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?

Patricia: I have two books up for preorder right now. The first is Book 4 in my Gone Rogue Series. Rogue Defender is about a washed up CIA agent who finds himself falling for a woman trying to stop extremist forces from overthrowing the Panamanian government. 

The second book, Trusting His Instincts, is Book 11 in my Away From Keyboard series. In this one, Raelynn, a complete badass former Air Force pilot has to save a man who drives her absolutely up a wall. They are opposites in every way, and she has to overcome her vow to never love again after her husband was killed several years prior. She’s an absolute joy to write because she’s just so irreverent and very, very Texas. 

R&R: You write such deep and exciting books!

Would you rather breathe underwater or fly?

Patricia: I have a very strong fear of drowning and I don’t really like heights. So I’d have to go with breathing underwater. 

That is hard choice then, but your answer makes total sense. 

Thanks for the interview. On to finding out more information relating to Rune Bound with a juicy tidbit!

Book blurb:

Ysenia

I was made in darkness. Stolen from a life I can no longer remember and turned into something…other. The runes bind me. They are my greatest power, but will also be my end. 

Only one man sees me as a person. As a woman. He says I am his mate. But loving me comes with a price I will not let him pay. 

Death. 

Rolf

As the leader of my pack, I must do whatever I can to protect them. A war is coming, and there is only one way we will survive. Ysenia was made to save us all. 

But when I see her, I know I must keep her safe. 

The Runess is my mate. 
If she learns what I have done, she will never accept me. 

Will my secrets keep us together or tear us apart?

Excerpt:

Ysenia
I was born in darkness. Forged. Made. Turned into something…other.
I was different once. A long time ago. We all were. Twenty-four of us. Taken from lives we no longer remember. Locked inside our own minds while nameless, faceless, utterly silent captors branded our skin.
Then, they turned their talents elsewhere.
I can spin tales so fantastical, the most talented storyteller in the world would fall at my feet. But that is only one of my skills.
The future is mine to foretell. If given the chance. Those who took us may have released us from the darkness, they will never let us be free.
Nor will the King. When we appeared, his royal mages were waiting.
I shudder as the silver bracelets clamped around each of my wrists catch the light. They drain my power every second of every day. But nothing I do loosens them even a fraction.
Restless, I drift over to the window. A gentle breeze carries the scent of jasmine to my nose. The dark green vines dotted with tiny white flowers climb the sheer walls of the tower. The first day, I thought I could use them to climb down. But one touch dashed that hope on the craggy rocks below. The delicate plants can barely support the weight of the songbirds that come each afternoon.
The sea sparkles in the distance. I wonder what it feels like. What it smells like. I should know these things. But before the darkness, there’s nothing.
And after…
***
I can see. The sensation is so foreign, it takes me several moments to understand what all these shapes are in front of me. Buildings. Stone walls. Wooden doors. Cobblestone streets.
I need air. Space. Sun. I remember sun. Stumbling steps carry me to the end of an alleyway.
“Stop!”
Shadows surround me, and a blast of pure agony hits me in the chest. My knees buckle, then hit the stones.
“Do not move!” an angry, male voice shouts. “Or the next spell will stop your heart.”
 I blink up at a dozen men and women clad in royal blue robes. “Wh-what…?” I croak. I do not remember the last word I uttered. Only silent screams no one could hear.
“Bind her powers,” the man says.
Two of the others grab my arms and pull them taut. The silver is cold against my skin. It feels wrong. My stomach twists and turns. Suddenly, I’m so weak, staying upright is impossible.
With a tiny moan, I collapse, and that’s when I first see the mark. Two lines. One on either side of my breastbone . A third angles down from the right to the left. My sleeves ride up, and more dark symbols cover my arms.
As the men drag me away, I do not fight. Because the marks on my skin burn, and I hear a voice I know is only in my mind. 
“The runes bind you. In this world and the next. You will be power. Might. Destruction for all.”
Author Bio:

Patricia D. Eddy writes romance for the beautifully broken. Fueled by coffee, wine, and Doctor Who episodes on repeat, she brings damaged heroes and heroines together to find their happy ever afters in many different worlds. From military to paranormal to BDSM, her characters are unstoppable forces colliding with such heat, sparks always fly.
Patricia makes her home in Seattle with her husband and very spoiled cats, and when she’s not writing, she loves working on home improvement projects, especially if they involve power tools. 
Her award-winning Away From Keyboard series will always be her first love, because that’s where she realized the characters in her head were telling their own stories—and she was just writing them down.

Where to find her:

Web: https://patriciadeddy.com
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