Interview with Lisa Williamson

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born and raised in Nashua, NH before the city grew large, I would run off and hide in the wooded section near the projects I grew up in. There I would make up stories to entertain myself. Being a sick child I didn't have a lot of friends and making up stories with my dolls or about the animals living in the little wilderness pockets let my imagination free
When did you first start writing?
I have always made up stories but I didn't start writing them down till I was around the age of 12
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most recent set of short stories are fantasies with romance in them. I read a lot and I have found that most romances have happy endings but I feel that romance does not always end with a HEA. I have started writing tales with romance, fantasy and that show the other side of romance.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Two things motivated me. The first is my family nudged me along to getting all the stories i have out for the world to read. I went indie because after dealing with the lack of support by publishing houses I felt if I need to do all the work then i should not pay anyone to do nothing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped to get my name out into markets that I had no way of entering.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Feeling that I am letting my characters free. Telling these tales bring to life creations of my heart and mind and passing them onto an audience who has a sense of wonder is amazing.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are a new inspiration to me. The people who read my work and enjoy it help me want to write more stories and get better at telling those tales. My goal as a writer is to help readers and fans feel the wonder of the world around us but also of the world inside us all.
What are you working on next?
I am working out a new short stories series with a darker, more horror twist than my usual. Tales that ren't blood and gore but scary in their own way.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charles de Lint, Mercedes Lackey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Jo Clayton, Jade Kerrion, Jim Butcher and so many more
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The tales that come to me while i sleep need to be written down.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching movies and fun tv shows, painting, gardening, playing with my daughter and laughing with my husband
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lately the ebooks I read have come from authors I have met in my online writers groups. Many of the indie authors in my field are writing amazing stories that I would have never found without these groups.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes. The first story I wrote down was actually a fanfiction based on Star Wars. I had told stories before but this was the first one I put down on paper.
What is your writing process?
My process varies but most of the time I come up with a scene in my head, work it out on paper and then type it up. Once it is typed up I got back, edit and continue the writing process till the story is complete.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There were actually two stories that I remember. The first was Black Beauty. I was and have been a huge fan of horse stories. I read and reread that book so many times that the copy fell apart. The second title was Freckles, about a orphan boy trying to find a way to make a living. It was powerful and recently I went and researched it and found out that it had been in print for a long time. I picked up an ebook copy of this book since I had lost my copy long ago.
How do you approach cover design?
This is a bit tricky. As most of my stories are fantasies finding an image that works for the style of story can be fun. I am a photographer so I have used many of my own photographs to make covers for my erotica and the more romantic fantasy tales.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Black beauty, Acheron, Cold Days, Snares of Ibex and Dragonriders of Pern.

Black Beauty I have explained all ready.
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon is a very well written story that has a main character that has gone through so much to reach his HEA
Cold Days by Jim Butcher has fun twists and turns
Snares of Ibex by Jo Clayton while an older book has so many little bits of science fiction mixed with strong female characters who fight for their lives
And of course Dragonrider of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, This book is a classic and has helped me understand how to write a real feeling world.
What do you read for pleasure?
When it comes to reading for pleasure i am all over the map. Most of my books are fantasy and science fiction but I have branched out to reading mysteries, horror, romances with a paranormal twist of some type and some thrillers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
At the moment I read books on a pandigital ereader, along with using the computer kobo and kindle readers
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The only marketing technique that has worked has been using social media so far. I don't have a lot of sales but I am slowly building readership
Describe your desk
Currently my desk has on it my computer, a handful of my tiny acrylic paintings, notebooks, my camera and my Ipod speaker dock. Actually I also have a number of little dragons, odd turtle, Bach Choy Boys and Origami cranes and dragons too
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Memories of Love
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Series: Death Walks Through, 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Making a memory is a wonderful thing but what if you are stuck in that memory and don't know it? That is David's existence and he has to decide if it is or curse or a blessing
A Different Kind of Hunt
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Series: Worlds Apart, 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Wyanet never fit in. The village elders expect girls to act a certain way, a certain way but she was different. She was not afraid of the forest or the lands beyond. Now she is running for her life for she has been given to one of the villagers as his wife, a husband she does not desire. Can she reach safety or will she be forced into a life she cant stand
Generations of Love
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Series: Poems and Photography, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
A poetry and photography collection dealing with the mothers, daughters and granddaughters
Random Musings of a Poetic Mind
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Series: Poems and Photography, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Poetry covering nature, love and family. Photography that fills the gap and helps emphasize these poems a poetry and photography book
Seasons of my Mind
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Series: Poems and Photography, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
A collection of poems and photographs detailing the turn of the seasons. Both poems of nature and of life and love. The photographs come from my wandering about my new home in Canada part of the Poems and Photographs series
Not Just Another Morning of Business
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Series: Guardians of the Gate City side stories, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Sheldon is a dragon. Not the type that we all expect. Sheldon deals is gathering and selling information. Today he just wants to go get some breakfast but he get interrupted, a lot. A Guardians of the Gate City side story
Never Pack Them Away
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Series: Magic and Nightmares, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 850. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Being a nanny should be all fun and games but Angie doesn't like her new nanny.
Twas the Night
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Series: Space Station Tales, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 940. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The holiday that most connects humanity is that of the mid winter night. Christmas may belong to Christians but children everywhere look for Santa. Even those living at a space station a Space Station Tale
Same Time Next Year at the Spaceport Cafe
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Series: Space Station Tales, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Even in deep space lovers find a way to connect. A space station can circle a world, a sun or just a point in space. a Space Station short story
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
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Series: Space Station Tales, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Humans have moved out into the great dark. Living in creations of steel, glass and science they have brought with them beliefs and celebrations from old Mother Earth. This tale is of Halloween and what it would be first of the Space Station Tales
A Bargain Made With Fur
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Series: Echoes of Elder Times, 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,900. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In ancient Japan there are legends of spirits who take other shapes. Legend tells that you can make a bargain with one and they will fulfill that bargain beyond your death. An Echoes of Elder Times short story
New Performer
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Series: Worlds Apart, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A new woman has joined Tamio's troop. A dancer, sleek and limber and more than she seems. A star traveler who has never felt the pull of a planet's moon. She will learn much about a world and herself.
Rebirth
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Series: Mythos of Love, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,930. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Can new found love survive beyond death? That is what Malcolm needs to know. Will Lydia remember who they were?
Now and Forever
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Series: Mythos of Love, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Sometimes swearing your allegiance to a lord is for longer than you intend but swearing your love should be now and forever
Blackbird
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Series: Mythos of Love, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,380. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Can love survive magic, transformation and betrayal? Is it possible to find a life after being transformed? Second of the Mythos of Love short story series
Sins of the Father
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Series: The Life of Suteko, 1. Price: Free! Words: 38,560. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
A new girl shows up at the Tendo Dojo. And she isn't after Ranma
What a Surprise!
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Series: Plesant Moments, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,830. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
Home alone with time on her hands, Helen takes a long bath. In her distraction she doesn't notice someone come in.
Beginning Again
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Series: Plesant Moments, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
A wild and passionate night of reunion between two lovers separated for more than a year An Adult Erotic short story
And He Makes Three
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Series: Nasty Intimancies, 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Tony and Jim are best friends and best friends who share everything. Tony just did not expect to be sharing Katherine. a Nasty Intimacies short story
The Popsicle
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Series: Nasty Intimancies, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
An ice cold treat on a very hot day can lead to a wild sexy time. an Adult erotic short story
A Moving Experience
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Series: Nasty Intimancies, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,450. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
She would do anything he asked and he asked her to try something new. An adult erotic short story
Lights! Camera! Come!
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Series: Nasty Intimancies, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
He told her in a note to be ready for a wild night. An Adult Erotic short story
Monsters Of the Dark
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Series: Echoes of Elder Times, 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Sometimes you have to make a decision to save those who think to save you. A young woman with a deep power that she keeps secret because it could cause her to be cast out. She decides that it is better to use it than to watch one she loves go off to fight and probably die.
Surprises and Gifts
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Series: Echoes of Elder Times, 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A young knight, tired from traveling discovers a lady in distress. He fights and defeats the monster holding her and then the true test begins. An Echoes of Elder Times short story
The Pest House
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Series: Death Walks Through, 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
n the early 1800s before there were charity hospitals, there were Pest Houses. Those with contagious diseases were taken to these houses and left there to get well or die. The Pest Houses have long since disappeared from the face of the land but out in the woods there is still the sound of a crying child. A Death Walks Through short story
Under the Black Bridge
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Series: Death Walks Through, 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
There are children's voice heard on warm summer nights under the remains of the Black Bridge. A tragedy happened seventy years ago and Death has come to deal with what was left behind. the eigth story in the Death Walks Through short story series
The Words That Bring Peace
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Series: Death Walks Through, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
She sings his song every night. For twenty years she has sung that song at the end of her sets. Twenty years of pain and longing, finally come to an end.
Not To the Grave Go I
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Series: Death Walks Through, 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,010. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
She woke up in the dark, in a parking lot and did not understand why. What happened? Where was she? Sometimes Death comes and takes a hand helping those who get stuck. And sometimes he does more. The fifth in the Death Walks Through short story series
Cheating the Hangman
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Series: Death Walks Through, 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Black Bart has cheated the hangman before but this time things are different. Who is the man in black chasing him? A Death Walks Through short story
Possibilities
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Series: Dark Games, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
There are hunters and hunted out on the dark streets of the city. We all know what a vampire is. A blood drinking, undead creature of the night. But there are other kinds of vampires and other kinds of vampire hunters. What if there was one who trolled the lounges to drain you dry of your Possibilities?
Passing the Torch
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Series: Beyond Realities, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An ancient being, looking for someone who is worthy of taking over guardianship of something precious
Night and Day
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Series: Beyond Realities, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Human scientists study a presumed vampire, but what they have is not what they thought. The don't realize they've mistaken one brother for the other...
An Evening of Note
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Series: Plesant Moments, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Tony came home from a long day at work to find a note. Following the instructions lead to another and another. Where will they lead him.
The Dream Wish
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Series: Echoes of Elder Times, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
We all have dreams that we hold close to our hearts. What if you had the chance to live that dream. Would you make the wish?
Test of Trust
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Series: Nasty Intimancies, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
He asked her if she trusted him. A test of love and trust. Just how far will she let him go?
Strange Nature
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Series: Beyond Realities, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Nature has started a new virus. A new way to propagate a new species. What can she do when her lover is now in incubator?
Reality Is A Dream
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Series: Beyond Realities, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Science has given us many new frontiers but this one is something she did not expect. Aislinn was hired to crunch the numbers and find out just why the project was not working the way it should. They would not tell her just what the project was. The papers kept talking about the subject but the subject was missing, disappeared or something. Could she find the answers they were paying her for and i
Which Is The Sacrifice
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Series: Worlds Apart, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The end of the world or the beginning. One must chose and one must not. But which will it be? Which is the Sacrifice?
Partings
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Series: Death Walks Through, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 880. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A lady, a Knight and a long awaited ending to their tragic tale
Ice
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Series: Echoes of Elder Times, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
One morning the world ended. It wasn't with a boom or even a whimper. Ice covered everything.
Death Was the Bargain
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Series: Death Walks Through, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,230. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Elizabeth knew her time was nearly up. She made a bargain for one last night with the man she loved more than life itself. But was that bargain made with a man or with Death himself?
Death Is the Answer
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Series: Echoes of Elder Times, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A master sorcerer who will not accept the answer before him. A woman sent to test him, to try and redeem him. Sometimes the only answer to a problem is death
All That There Was
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Series: Worlds Apart, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
What would you do if you met a sentient tree? Would you sit and listen to its tale? Would you let it take you away? Book two in the Worlds Apart collection of short stories
A Trap of Eyes
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Series: Echoes of Elder Times, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 730. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
He is the Hunter, trapping and killing the exotic and the hard to catch. But this time he finds a maiden, lost in the forest. She asks for his help. Is it time for the Hunter to become the hunted?
The Red Ghost Rides
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Series: Death Walks Through, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In the desert southwest of America there is a legend of a red ghost. A skeleton and a camel that ride through the night, scaring those who they encounter but things are about to change.
Revenge
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Series: Saga of Loralil Greyfox, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,810. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Revenge is not sweet but sometimes it is necessary. Three years after her release Loralil Greyfox leaves the Elf city to find those who destroyed her life. Are they still alive? And can she lay to rest the ghosts of her past?
Love, Loss and Loneliness
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Series: Poems and Photography, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,620. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
A Collection of 50 poems dealing with love, loss and loneliness and 50 photographs of local nature taken with a simple digital camera with no modification
Fall Into Nightmares
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Series: Chaos Wars, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,190. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The end of the world came, not with a bang but with a scream. Can the Warrior, Protector and Healer come together and defeat the Queen of Nighmares before humanity is destroyed?
Christmas Snow
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Series: Guardians of the Gate City, 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,000. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Christmas is a time for wishes and happiness but this Christmas a Dark Fae has come to Harry's city. She has cursed a little girl to a withering death. Can Harry find out how to break the curse before she dies? Book five in the Guardians of the Gate City short story series
Halloween Pranks and Mischief
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Series: Guardians of the Gate City, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Harry is called into one of the new hotels in town. Something is scaring the guests and mucking up the plumbing. Is it a ghost or is something more dangerous haunting the place? Part four of the Guardians of the Gate City short story collection
A Watery Grave
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Series: Guardians of the Gate City, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,370. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
There was a drowning in a place where you aren't supposed to swim. Harry investigates to see if it was an accident or if the secret residents of Sandy Pond have broken the compact. Book three in the Guardians of the Gate City Short Story series.
Hope Everlasting
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Series: Guardians of the Gate City, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,370. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When a child is kidnapped Harry and his friends, the Shape shifter Joe and the Psychic cop Jackson need to find her before a dark and evil magic is unleashed. Book two of the Guardian of the Gate City short story series
One More All Hallows Eve
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Series: Guardians of the Gate City, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,200. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A guardian of the night just covering his territory has to deal with a missing neighborhood
When Shadows Rise
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Series: The Life of Suteko, 2. Price: Free! Words: 112,730. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mashups
This is a work of fan fiction. A cross over tale of Sailor Moon and Ranma 1/2. Sailor Starknight Unicorn has a mortal enemy and he want her and to rule the world. It is up to her and new friends to save all of humanity from the rise of the Shadows.
Distance Means Little to Love
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Series: Erotic Tales, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,550. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
A collection of six erotic tales with six poems thrown in. These are interconnected stories about a couple that hold tight to their love even though distance keeps them apart. These stories contain sexual situations, not recommended for everyone.
Endings
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Series: Saga of Loralil Greyfox, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,610. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A village destroyed, it's people slaughtered, a young elf woman enslaved. It is up to her last remaining relative to save her before she too is lost. Her life as she knew it is gone, will he save her before her life ends? The First book of the Saga of Loralil Greyfox, a young elf maiden. She sees her family killed, her village destroyed and everything as she knows it ends.
A Night of Love
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Series: Plesant Moments, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
He lay in her arms and finally came to understand what she meant to him. A loving tale of two people finding their heart in the other's arms.
The Knight Protector
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Series: Mythos of Love, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,810. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Bard Elinor has been kidnapped by the vampiric Death Mage Hargon. Knight Protector Yasha and his friends must reach her before her magic and life are drained away. First story in the Myths of Love short story series