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Beyond Fairytales Spotlight: Her Dollmaker’s Desire

Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales series takes fairytales from well known to the obscure and then cranks up the heat! The differing stories delve into many different sub-genres and styles of erotic romance, but all of them have a fairy tale feel as the authors meld the old stories into something new.

Today we’re featuring Her Dollmaker’s Desire by Gina Wynn

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Rule number 123: Once upon a time is for fairy tales, not for broken ex dancers who live at home with Daddy and a textbook evil stepmother, and who only manage to get through life by counting every single step.

Amy knows her rules inside out…who to spend time with, what to eat, what to drink and what to do – until danger shows up in a leather jacket on a shiny chrome motorbike. Suddenly, breaking the rules seems to be all she can manage no matter how hard she tries, and her rigid control starts to slip.

Peder’s violent past has shaped him into the man he is, much the way he has learned to shape dolls with the help of his grandfather. He used to have only one rule in his life, courtesy of his absent brother and their shared gang past. When Amy is sent to write an article on his grandfather and his history of doll making for a paper her father’s company owns, she captures Peder’s interest and his heart. After his brother makes an ill-timed return and issues an instruction that threatens his future with Amy, Peder becomes trapped in a fresh web of lies and family ties. He must decide if he should start breaking the rules he didn’t know he lived by to take a chance on a future with Amy while knowing he could still lose her if she finds out.

Is Amy brave enough to put her faith in Peder, and can he overcome his past and convince Amy to follow their destiny, rather than her rules?

Sneak Peek into Her Dollmaker’s Desire

Lost in her thoughts of the past, Amy reached to grasp the ballet dancer’s tiny form.

“I’ve brought the cake, if you want to come and sit with us for your cup of tea?” A new male voice, deep and confident, startled her.

She jumped and straightened, coming nose to nose with the unhinged grin and vacant leer of a circus clown.

A gasp tore from her lips. “Oh, my God.” She backed into something warm and solid, and shrieked before spinning round.

“Sorry. Sorry…it’s just me.” The man’s eyes, rich with the colours of wild woodland moss, held an unexpected glint of danger. She shivered as an electric jolt shot straight through her when she met that green gaze. It glimmered with mischief and laughter, and he didn’t look quite as sorry as he should have.

Reflex led to her almost leaning into his strong grip as he reached out to steady her. Almost. She tugged her arm away and held out her hand.

“Pleased to meet you.” Superficial manners and years of rules kicked in, and she averted her gaze from the man who hadn’t introduced himself, and especially from his dangerous eyes. Her heart continued to race over her close encounter with the clown…yet the warmth in her arm lingered where the man had wrapped his strong fingers around her.

“Quite,” came his polite reply, and the obvious disinterest in his tone echoed through her, but what had she expected? Rule Number 15: Know your place, always.

She sneaked a quick look at him, and his very attractive lips upturned in an amused smile. One she almost returned, while wishing he’d speak more words once she could hear him over the rushing of blood in her ears.

His voice melted her, creating sparks and exploring long-forgotten depths of attraction. It made promises for ways they should spend time together he couldn’t even be aware of, and she wanted him to talk forever. She took an uncertain step away. Space seemed necessary…safe.

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Beyond Fairytales Spotlight: Hunter’s Mark

Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales series takes fairytales from well known to the obscure and then cranks up the heat! The differing stories delve into many different sub-genres and styles of erotic romance, but all of them have a fairy tale feel as the authors meld the old stories into something new.

Today we’re featuring Hunter’s Mark by VS Morgan

BFT_VSMorgan_HuntersMark_300x450Artist Casey Smith lives a quiet life, under the radar of his enemies, until one fateful night he loses control and the astonishing image of a wolf racing down a suburban street splashes all over social media.

Hunter’s bullet never misses its target. The assassin seeks out and kills his prey with a clear conscience by following two simple rules: 1) Don’t kill innocents 2) Don’t kill shifters.

Realizing his latest assignment violates those rules, the hunter activates Princess Protocol and the assassin becomes the protector. Red hot attraction flares between the hit man and his former target. Can Hunter resist the sweet shifter in his care?

Sneak Peek into Hunter’s Mark:

He stepped closer to Casey’s stall but stumbled over something small and furry. The toe of one Birkenstock caught on a clump of grass as he attempted not to trample the little beast, and he ass-planted with said beast jumping onto his chest to give him a broad doggie smile.

His buddy laughed piss-your-pants-hard in his ear. F**k a duck.

“Miss Priscilla!”

The target he’d worked so hard to observe remotely sank to the ground between his sprawled-out legs, peeling the tiny hairball off his chest and setting it on the ground.

“I’m so sorry! Are you okay?”

Big blue eyes fringed with long, pale lashes scanned his body while strong yet gentle hands moved over his ankles and legs, searching for an injury. Oh, a toucher. His wolf basked in the tactile attention. His breath hitched as those hands glided past his knees and skimmed his thighs.

Damn, he needed to get laid after this assignment.

“Oh, my, what a li’l sweetie. Look at those freckles! I wonder if he’s got them everywhere. I’d like to lick them,” Rex crowed in his ear.

He growled.

The other man chortled. “Possessive, much?”

He inhaled deeply, only to be slammed with the force of a Mack truck. Strawberries on a warm summer’s day and fresh-cut grass—shit, his target smelled delicious. He took another breath, and his brain reeled. He’s a wolf shifter, too? F**k.

Casey’s brows furrowed. “Where are you hurt?”

He forced a smile. “I’m fine. No worries.”

Casey returned the smile, his wide and high beam combined with sparkling eyes. Hunter stared as warmth wrapped around him like a blanket. He had no ammo against such a happy, open expression. The guy freaking glowed.

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Soul Solution Release Day!

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Today is release day for Soul Solution!

What does that mean?

RELEASE THE KITTENS!

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For Erik Anderson, the Copenhagen line is his curse. He takes the train every night en route to collect souls. Like any lovelorn fool, he bargained his own long ago, and now pays the price—a lifetime of loneliness as a grim reaper. Stay distant—that’s been his mantra and what keeps him sane.

Until Mina Castner drops into his life like a whirlwind, one spilled drink leading to staying up until dawn with the woman. He believed one night couldn’t hurt, but he sorely underestimated her determination. Every encounter between them is a reprieve from the guilt of reaping souls every night, but it can’t last. Even if she sparks long buried feelings, and even if her sheer presence intoxicates him, he can’t let this continue. For humans, his touch is poison, and if he slips up, it could cost her life.

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Of course, I love my stories that I write, otherwise I wouldn’t release them, but I have to say, this one really gripped me. There was something powerful brewing in this one and I feel like I channeled a lot of those intense feelings of longing, deeper than attraction–the very grip one gets when they meet their soulmate. Soul Solution isn’t just about grim reapers, clubs, and love. It’s about the connection two souls can have and how even if the time is brief, their impact can last a lifetime.

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Musical Inspiration for Soul Solution

One part of the writing process for me will always be listening to music. I find it so inspiring to place myself in the setting, and I usually form a playlist. When it came to working on Soul Solution, I needed something filled with pristine, heartwrenching longing, and this song happened to fit the bill. While writing certain sections, I would listen to this song in particular over and over. First time I heard it was in How I Met Your Mother, and I remember how much it gripped me in that scene, how my heart soared and I wanted to emulate that feeling in this book.

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Soul Solution Sneak Peeks

With the release arriving on Friday, I figured I’d offer a sneak peek available only to those who follow me here!

He wound through the crowds, searching for the imprint—the indicator someone’s life was about to end. Like a firework, a person’s life flashed brightest right before expiration. Decay clung to all these people in small wisps—a bluish glow clustering over a cut or bruise, hovering around a bad joint, or illuminating an organ a step away from failure. Those weren’t the people he searched for, though. From birth, every single one of them began getting those wisps as their bodies decayed. What he searched for was a whole-body glow, indicating the people who would die tonight.

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Brooding Versus Emo Heroes

With Soul Solution coming out this week, I wanted to discuss a topic I feel quite strongly about. I may be a bit isolated on this too, so I’d love others opinions or weigh-ins. Broody heroes more often than not annoy the piss out of me. Why? Because many times, they bypass mere brooding and hit the level of whiny, or emo. Once the guy has hit the whiny zone, my interest is gone, because I can’t suspend my disbelief any longer without getting supremely annoyed every time Sir Whiner opens his mouth to say something flowery and obnoxious.

So what makes the difference? Because there are certain situations where I’ve been madly attracted to dark and broody, but then it can just as fast traverse to the dark side of TOO MUCH. While I respect Anne Rice as an author, one example would be Louis–spending an entire book mourning his experiences as a vampire. With love interests though, where I lose interest is when broody guy throws down mournful lines, woe is me, ‘I’m so dark’ mystique and the girl is lapping that shit up. For me, it comes off as cheesy. Sorry, I don’t have time for anyone who wants to be ‘saved’ and find the ‘I can fix him’ trope utterly ridiculous.

Girls, if you find a guy who’s damaged and broken–you can FEEL the hurt underneath all the jerk–and yet he keeps lashing out at you? RUN. That’s an abusive cycle of empaths versus the narcissist, and if you’re one of us empathic sorts, you will be churned up and spat back out over and over again.

Which leads me to Soul Solution. Despite the narrow and dangerous line brooding travels, there are characters who manage it quite attractively. I mean, the appeal of the brooding character is in fact, that he’s sensitive and full of feeling, yet keeps the tough, often bitter outer shell merely to survive the cruel world. So when I wrote Erik, I was careful to write someone considerate, and keep in mind my own pet peeves and the harm of those brooding alpha heroes that unfairly lash out on their counterparts. Erik is none of these.

He’s full of regrets, sure. He sold his soul for a girl who ended up ditching him, and he’s lonely. After all, since his touch is poison to humans, and he views himself as a monster, it’s not like he’ll be making friends any time soon. Which makes Mina a perfect counterbalance to him. She’s a stubborn introvert, eternal optimist, and just the practical sort of girl I love. Why would she be attracted to him then? It’s that lovely opposites attract law.

The two characters have so much to learn from each other. Mina throws herself into her daily life, but Erik’s been so detached from that and so introspective that he can teach her to look up at the stars and appreciate what a vast, huge universe is out there. Meanwhile, he’s stuck in a cycle of loneliness and sadness–his last love considering him a monster–and Mina not only helps him heal, but teaches him that though despair and sorrow happen, they can be overcome.

The book comes out on July 24th, but I’d love to see if people think I upheld my own line of creating an attractive brooding hero, without crossing over into whiny territory. Hope everyone enjoys!