Published: June 2015
Publisher: Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly
Fall into a world full of passion, romance, first dates, and first kisses, but be prepared, love doesn’t always end well. This world is filled with all kinds of paranormal creatures. Vampires, weredogs, ghosts, and even a mummy take to the pages. Amusing stories filled with love gone sideways.
This collection contains eighteen stories and poems written by a talented bunch of authors. They bring to life magical adventures.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
E. M. MacCallum
E.M. MacCallum grew up on a farm in southern Alberta, Canada. She's always loved stories and started making up her own at an early age. She's the author of "The Demon's Grave" trilogy, out 2015 and the novella "Zombie-Killer Bill" re-released in 2015. She has several short stories in various horror/fantasy anthologies
Cathrina lives in Western New York with her husband and 5 children. She has four published books, Wickedly They Come, Wickedly They Dream, Tallas, and Don't Forget to Breathe. When not with her family or stationed behind the computer you can find her in the forest walking with her dogs conjuring up a new tale.
Lily Luchesi is an aspiring, young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call “Gothic”, she doesn’t believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-lover, and will always associate vampires with love, blood and rock and roll. Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and now, at twenty-one, has two contributing credits in anthologies and a debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Book One), will be published on May 19th by Vamptasy Publishing.
Lindsey lives in Derby, England with her partner, Simon and their Bedlington Terrier, Huxley.
She loves to read and write, but she also likes to shop for expensive luxuries she likely doesn't need, with money she definitely does not have! In order to fund her addiction, she works full time as a Sales Executive.
When she isn't indulging in a spot of retail therapy, she can be found glued to some form of computer playing one 'shoot 'em up' game or another!
She also likes painting, photography, interior design, book cover design and psychology.
She isn't a complete hermit, though. She also loves to spend time with her family, friends and loved ones doing any number of socially acceptable (most of the time) things.
She is a huge fan of paranormal, thrillers and erotic fiction. And if all three are combined, she is in heaven. Especially when it comes to Alpha males!!!
Kelly Matsuura grew up in Australia and graduated from Victoria University with a degree in Asian Studies. She worked in northern China for a year, and then lived in Japan for ten years. She currently lives in Michigan, USA, with her Japanese husband.
Her writing focuses on fantasy and contemporary stories with Asian characters and settings, however she enjoys writing western-style stories occasionally as well.
When not writing, she enjoys reading, knitting, sewing, studying foreign languages, and cooking Japanese dishes.
Gina A. Watson
Gina A. Watson is an Australian Writer who has always loved to tell a story. She started writing her first book in 2012 and has loved writing ever since. Gina studies a Bachelor of Writing and Creative Communication at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Her favourite genres to write in are: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult and loves to read in those genres as well. Gina’s life now revolves around her boyfriend and family as well as studying, writing and trying to squeeze in time to read.
Jordanne Fuller is a mishmash of creative talents whirling into one another, solidified into a woman. She has been writing since she can remember but didn't realize how much she enjoyed it until her poetry explosion at the age of sixteen. At twenty, she wrote her first unfinished novel that will likely never see the light of day. Now that she is thirty(ish) Jordanne has finished her first novel that she hopes to publish in the near future. Dusk, the sand alone prequel to her novel Night, can be found in the Anthology: Mystical Bites. Troy was her third story to be submitted to a publishing house, however the first to be released. Troy can be found in the Love Sucks Anthology. Jordanne is constantly working on many projects the intention of publishing them all. When not writing Jordanne likes to do various arts and crafts, but most of all she enjoys spending time with her son, fiancee and four cats. Jordanne has lived in Toronto for much of her adult life, but spent her childhood amongst many of the surrounding towns, giving her the title of both city and country girl.
If you look in the local coffee shop or bookstore you might just find Mariana Thorn. She can usually be found with headphones in and deep into the worlds she has created. There is this thing about her pens if you touch them you might receive a smack to the hand and the well-known glare of destruction. Besides writing, Mariana enjoys reading, photography, and playing with her dog. She lives in Western Washington, but loves to travel to Florida to sit on the beach to write.
She is the author of Fantasy and Mystery stories. She currently has two titles in her Fur, Fangs, and Fairies series. There are four short stories available in her Skylar Wolfe Mysteries. Two of the three books in her Blood of Shadows fantasy trilogy are available as well. She has many more projects planned and coming.
Emma Michaels is the bestselling author of the Society of Feathers series. As an avid reader she started her book blog in 2009 (www.EmmaMichaels.com) and over the years has received numerous short story publications in addition to her full length novels. Working to help Indies and small presses from around the world she has received the nickname ‘The Mad Hatter’ for her versatility in graphic design, publishing, marketing, and blogging.
Reven Archer Black
Reven Archer Black lives in Canada but her imagination lives in the speculative fiction world, dallying with fantasy more than other genres. Her writing adventures started one fateful night when she was 6 years old. Now she is armed with a wildly eclectic music collection and a large helping of weird ideas, exploring the dark side of human nature. Reven’s first novel, Ascension, is slated for release in 2015/2016, kicking off her epic fantasy series, Blood & Heritage. She welcomes everyone to drop by her social media pages and say hello, especially if they come with humour and chocolate.
Shannon Eckrich is a YA paranormal author with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. Her novel, Haunting Lia became an Amazon International Bestseller shortly after its release in October 2013. The first installment of her Elemental Short Series, Goddess of Fire: Burn, quickly followed suite when it was released in June 2014.
Sabina Bundgaard lives in Denmark with her husband and their two children. By day she races around the countryside, delivering mail and packages to people. By night…. Well, that’s a different story. While drinking one of her many flavors of tea, she delves into the mysterious realms of her imagination. Writing about everything from Elves and Dragons to Romance and Erotica, she tries her wings to see where they will take her. Her favorite past time when not writing is reading, making jewelry and speaking to her friends all over the world, celebrating their victories and happy times.
K. C. Finn
K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing.
As an author for Clean Teen Publishing and Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press, Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found studying for her MA in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic.
Matthew Wilson has had over 150 appearances in such places as Horror Zine, Star*Line, Spellbound, Alban Lake, Apokrupha Press, Space & Time Magazine and many more. He is currently editing his first novel and can be contacted on twitter @matthew94544267.
Nicole L. Daffurn
Sunshine, surf and family are the corner stones of Nicky’s world. Being born and raised on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia gave her the opportunity to chase her dream of photography and later novel writing. She fell in love with fantasy and dystopian and crafted stories with strong men and powerful women. As well as her many contributions to chbb anthologies, her debut novel through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly - Courageous Souls - was released November 6 2014. Her Second Novel - The Darkness Within was published February 5th 2015. When she is not busy being an author, you will find her walking along the water with her husband or chasing after her two children.
Michael Cross lives in Seattle, WA. This land is prone to lots of rain, fantastic adventures and the occasional flyby dragon. When Cross isn’t working on his next novel, he spends his time reading, modding steampunk inventions or working on his airship with his copilot Chihuahua. Cross dreamed of becoming a storyteller back when he was read stories like “The Odyssey” and legends of Roman soldiers and Arthur. He writes mostly paranormal, fantasy, New Adult and steampunk.
In the fifth grade, Faith Marlow discovered a fondness and talent for writing and has considered herself a storyteller ever since. In addition to writing, she is an avid reader, movie connoisseur, and a veritable repository for all manner of useless yet entertaining knowledge. Faith is proud member of the Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing family. Her first novel, "Being Mrs. Dracula", which chronicles the lives of Count Dracula's three beautiful, yet very different wives. Valeria's story continues in the second installment of the series, "Being Dracula's Widow". Faith also has a Sci-fi/ horror series, The Dream Journal series. The first book in the series, entitled "The Nightmare Hunters", introduces readers to psychiatrist Dr. Anne Pate and her unlikely friend Maddie Jensen as they uncover the nightmarish truth behind the death of one of Anne's patients. In addition to her series, Faith is proud to be a part of several Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly anthologies.
Faith lives in Tennessee with her high school sweetheart/ husband, Scottie and their son, Avery.
AJ Summer Mommy, wife, big sister, crazy friend and indie author, are just some of the
roles AJ Summer juggles on a daily basis. She loves tattoos, bad boys and motorcycles. She enjoys writing darker, emotional stories and challenging her characters to breaking point. If you love poetry, her books have that too.
Books by AJ: Guard My Heart. Runner. And her paranormal short, For Rhuine.