The Tithe Collector

zahra teaserZahra is addicted to human magic. Sick with craving, charged with a capital crime, and with her sister being held as leverage by the Djinn King, Zahra is forced to join the team as the tithe collector, the one position certain to deepen her addiction.

 

niccolo teaserNiccolo is a vampire who, after failing out of the military, became the lover of his goddess, only to commit an act of adultery that left him handfasted to a bouda shape-shifter and filling the role of enforcer on the team, a position Nic knows he is inadequate to fill.

 

beryl teaserBeryl was the most feared Fae assassin of all time, but she’s been demoted to the team’s investigator. Like Niccolo, she committed an act of adultery, but for Beryl, the punishment is especially humbling, having lost everything she values and forced to work with people she considers lesser beings.

 

wade tWade is the only member of the team honored with his inclusion. He is human, Blessed by the king of gods and exploited for unfathomable purposes. Wade was saved from death and meeting the king of gods has made his faith unshakable—which he’ll need because his mission is to create a viable squad out of the misfits he’s been assigned.

Magic is necessary to all things, but like any other source of power, it can be abused. The king of gods has created a Special Collections Team to deal with illegal magic users, those who break the law set forth by the Council of Five. Being part of the team is not an honor however, but a punishment for the crimes the teammates have committed themselves.

From tragic romance to zealous belief, the Special Collections Team is in over their heads, but still must find a way to be successful in their investigations, pay their penance and learn to work as a team.

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In Santeria & Sorcery, their first case finds them in Miami, where trouble has come to the attention of the Council of Five. A sorcerer is stealing magic to set himself up as a god, but the team is new and each are unused to working well with others. Their personal issues also hinder their investigation—dealing with bloodthirsty boyfriends, jealous fairy kings and a dangerous fallen angel on top of their own emotional deficiencies take a toll.

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Changelings & Champions, Book 2

Changelings & Champions

Magic is necessary to all things, but too much of it is sending the emotions of the Dark Fae Court to extremes.

The Fae Nation’s championship boxing match is the highlight of the year, but there’s a chaos-creating surge of energy accompanying every exhibition bout leading up to the main event. With the championship looming, the Special Collections Team is called to Las Vegas to investigate the magical disturbances at the Red Raven casino, the home of the volatile Dark Fae Court.

But the fae are not the only ones affected by the instability. The Dark Court is a hostile environment for the team, dragging them closer to emotional breakdowns and lines drawn in the sand. Dangerous royals, randy revelers and relationship dramas have the Special Collections Team close to folding, until a pair of changelings ups the ante.

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Conjurers & Candy Canes
A Christmas special!

Santa is missing, and the Special Collections team has been called in to find him. While investigating the candy cane factory he disappeared from, two teammates are caught in a conjurer’s trap, and only quick thinking, and a lusty wish, can set them free.

 

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Dark Erotica

What is Dark Erotica?

Well, I’ve heard lots of different opinions from lots of different people, so, long story short: darkness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

 

Some people have it in mind that dark erotica is BDSM, or at least bondage and definitely domination. Sadomasochism for sure. Humiliation, kidnapping, rape. Some people think that’s all dark erotica can include, but I think the genre is broader than that. I don’t think BDSM even needs to be included to be considered dark, though it is common. I think dark erotica revolves more around the themes and emotions the author lays out and inspires, whether they involve ‘taboo’ topics or not.

I’ve seen it argued that dark erotica is not erotic horror and that they have nothing to do with each other. And I’ve seen it argued that they are one and the same. I think horror is more than monsters under the bed or evil spirits—I think it includes the parts we hide deep inside ourselves as well as fears we own up to. I think of dark erotica and erotic horror more as sisters—maybe fraternal twins, each carrying elements of the other, having sprung from the same source at the same time, but then diverging as their unique personalities rose to the fore.

 

What is Dark Erotica to me?

Maybe it makes you uncomfortable, or it makes you really question what you would do in the same situation, or maybe it makes you shy away from that question, and therefore the answers you might find. It makes you hot, even if it’s twisted and not at all like what you’d want in reality. It pushes you out of your comfort zone and past your limits of what might be acceptable… but that’s part and parcel of fantasy, isn’t it?

I write lots of dark stories. I categorize them as dark erotica and erotic horror simultaneously, and yet they don’t always include a paranormal/evil creature and I rarely write anything remotely close to the BDSM niche, and almost never write edgeplay. (Although, my upcoming release, My Stranger, involves both bondage and domination, as well as minor knife play. So far, I’ve been told it’s tame and I’ve been told it’s very dark.)

Everyone has the right to their opinion, and what I think is dark may not be what you think is dark. I respect that.

My dark stories tend to revolve around the ideas of obsession, loss, death, insanity and even my lighter stories have themes of dominance. (Humans love to dominate others, it’s in our nature.) In my novel, Demon’s Bond, the heroes are seduced by the demon, willingly giving in, not taken against their will. Temptation by dark things, evil things, animalistic entities feeding off your soul… yeah, I think that’s pretty dark. There is no bondage or force, though.

Kind of in the same vein, My Stranger (and the rest of the My Stalker trilogy I have planned) also deal with themes of knowing the terrible consequences, and choosing to embrace them, against all wisdom and rationality. If I tell you a story about a woman who falls desperately in love with a serial killer, would it be dark? Yes. I think so. Because it makes us uncomfortable, and we want to know why a woman would be so crazy as to risk herself with a man like that. What is it about him that compels her, and what’s wrong with her that she submits to such a feeling? And how is that similar to the emotions we each hold close, where we hide them even from ourselves?

BDSM doesn’t always equal dark, and dark doesn’t always equal BDSM. A story isn’t dark because the characters engage in activity you don’t prefer to explore yourself—if that was the case, even the fluffiest of shifter stories would be classified as dark because the majority of us don’t want to run out and screw some wolves.

Dark is a theme, and again, it’s a personal theme. Each reader reads a book in a different way, and each reader interprets the events in that book in a different way. What makes me prickly (for good or for ill) isn’t always what makes you prickly, and where my comfort zone is, may be miles away from yours.

 

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My Stranger will be released in June and it explores darker themes. Yes, there is bondage, though the dominance aspect is a little more subtle because there is no battle of wills. My heroine lets her stranger do what he wants, and she enjoys it, even knowing the consequences. It’s dark, it’s erotic, it’s a little horrific, and it’s even a little romantic. And yes, it’s also a little twisted.

 

A dark erotic tale of lust and lies, and a truth more dangerous than the ecstasy she discovers in her stranger’s bed.

 

My girlfriend wanted me to have one last fling with a man before we took our relationship to the next level. When my stranger stole me away and gave me pleasure beyond anything I’d ever known, I thought it was all her idea. But my stranger wasn’t what I thought he was.

AJ isn’t ashamed to admit she’s a lover of many things—men, women and various combinations thereof. She’s a free spirit with a rough past that left her with a need to be taken care of, in spite of her trust issues. For the first time in her life, AJ is ready to commit to one person, but her girlfriend isn’t certain that AJ can be faithful and suggests one last fling to make sure she’s ready for a future together.

When AJ feels a man’s strong arms wrap around her in the dark, and hears her girlfriend’s pet name for her fall from his lips, she willingly submits to her stranger—and only finds out how dangerous he is after it’s too late to stop her addiction to the pleasure he gives her.

 

Warning: This story is dark erotica and contains situations that may be uncomfortable for certain readers, including Stockholm Syndrome, minor knife play, bondage, anal sex and fisting.