Mary Hughes

Biography

As a girl, I spun romantic, happily-ever-after stories to get to sleep. A husband, family, two degrees and blackbelt later, I'm delighted to spin them for readers.

I've lived with love and loss, in bright times and dark, and learned we can all use a break from reality every now and then.

So join me for action, sparkling wit and red-hot love. Strong men. Stronger women.

Hugs!
Mary

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jim Butcher's Ghost story. No one can take conflict and not just ramp it up but totally explode it out of the ballpark like Butcher.

Elizabeth Peter's He Shall Thunder in the Sky. I love all the Amelia Peabody books for the smart, kick-ass archeologist's narrative, but this is the one that ties up her son Ramses' romance with beautiful doctor Nefret. Gotta love a romance that builds tension over several books.

Rex Stout's Triple Zeck. Again, I love all the Nero Wolfe stories (Archie Goodwin's narration is still smart and sharp decades later) but this set of three pits the famous detective against his arch nemesis.

J.R. Ward's Lover Eternal. The beauty of Rhage and Mary's love story sings.

Anything by Malcolm Gladwell. Non-fiction is great to stay informed and better oneself, but Gladwell shines in being informative and deeply thought-provoking in a thoroughly entertaining and engaging way.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries, paranormal romance, humor, fantasy and science fiction. Above all there has to be some wit and charm to the characters. HEA a must. If I wanted real life I'd live it :)
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Videos

Bite My Fire
Supersexy vampire romance. A Biting Love story. Irish-Latina cop Elena O'Rourke meets Viking vampire Bo Strongwell over murder. Music is Norwegian Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King with a Latin beat. Warning: Jammed with hot explicit sex, graphic fanged violence, and acid cop humor. May contain donuts.

Books

Biting Love Nibbles
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,160. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous, Fiction » Mashups
Sparkling, sassy, sinfully sexy. Indulge your yen for action-packed vampire romance with these short bites. Biting Holiday Honeymoons (Biting Halloween/Biting Christmas), Oz Bites, Murder at Chipmunk Lake, and Biting Serendipity. Biting Love Short Bites 1-4 also available separately.
Biting Serendipity: April Fools For Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,640. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Sera hoists beer steins at her tavern job, where a Viking bouncer is bedsheets waiting to get sweaty. But Thor only scowls at her. Warning: A terribly lonely vampire, a conflicted schoolmarm with a caged wild side, a small town full of busybodies—and the best April Fools joke ever.
Masked Attraction
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,480. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
The masks are coming off. Daniel Light loved Zoe Blackwood when he was a gangly dork. Now a powerful wizard prince, a masked ball gives Daniel a new chance to woo her. Coming between them is an ancient parchment with a deadly prophecy. Warning: A wolf shifter on the cusp of mate-or-else, a smokin' hot wizard who won't let anything stand in his way, and fun in closets.
Murder at Chipmunk Lake
Series: Biting Love Short Bites, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,850. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Pregnant punk rocker Nixie has a stalker. Her vampire husband Julian whisks her to a north woods cabin, but the stalker is there, threatening her. Julian punches him out. Done. Except the stalker is found dead, and the trouble is only starting. Warning: Cranky pregnant lady trying not to swear, hubby appeasing her with food and creative sex, murder, mayhem and arguments over what to name the baby.
Biting Holiday Honeymoons
Series: Biting Love Short Bites. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,190. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
That special night with her master vampire is interrupted by Dracula and Santa Vamp. Warning: explicit language, action, and, since one bride is a cop and the other a punk rock musician, swearing. Biting Halloween originally published as Biting Dracula. Biting Christmas originally published as A Biting Christmas Special.
Twice Shy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,130. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00)
Can tripping over your own feet lead to falling…in love? Media superstar Zan is tired of high-gloss, meaningless dates. He just wants to meet a nice girl—like shy Vicky. He arranges a meet through her sister, his model ex-girlfriend Ronnie. Ronnie thinks he wants to get back together with her. Now Vicky has to overcome her shy nature, her sister, and her own feet to win Zan's love.
Black Diamond Jinn (A Hot SF/Fantasy Novella)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,570. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(4.00)
The Mayan Doom is real. Witch Amaia Jones has the spreadsheet to prove it. The world is ending tonight but her boss won't let her call a jinni to help. She turns to darkly handsome Rafe. Rafe turns out to be black diamond jinn, the deadliest of his kind. The price for his help is high but with hours to go, Amaia's alternatives are rapidly dwindling. Explicit sex, snark and happy-ever-after.
Oz Bites
Series: Biting Love Short Bites. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 18,680. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Vampires and sex and flamingos—oh my! Punk musician Nixie and her vampire husband Julian need to assemble a pit orchestra. But the gig's no-pay and when that secret comes out Nixie's musicians back out. Worse, whoever’s stealing secrets isn’t just stealing Nixie’s. Warning: Contains wild sex, explicit violence, swearing, and a frazzled punk heroine.

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