Enchanted Lyre Books

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Tori Minard has published twelve romance and erotic romance novels and three novellas, in addition to a handful of short stories, both under her own name and as Tessa Tremaine. Her series include The Amaki, Legends Of A Dark Empire, Avery’s Crossing, Fortunata: The Jhidris Conspiracy, and Tales Of The Demon Kin.
Tori wrote her first story in elementary school, with a lamentable lack of punctuation. In high school, she spent more time writing fiction than doing homework. Her early stories featured demonic dogs, dolls possessed by evil spirits—no, she’d never heard of Chucky—and politically incorrect post-apocalyptic romance.
She discovered science fiction in the sixth grade, with her dad’s recommendation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ At the Earth’s Core, the first book in his Pellucidar series. Prior to that, her reading had included ghost stories, animal stories and adventure tales. Around the same time, she was discovering the joys of erotica by sneaking her mom’s books and reading all the naughty bits. Her mom claims to have skipped those parts.
After a long detour for such grown-up pursuits as working boring full-time jobs (State of Alaska, U.S. Postal Service), getting married and having a child, she returned to her first love—storytelling. She was born and raised in Alaska, and now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, son, and micro-dog

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing fiction in elementary school when I was assigned a class story project. I wrote a few stories for classes, but didn't start writing independently of school until I was in junior high. My writing really took off in high school, which was when I wrote my first novel. It was pretty short, probably closer to a novella, and I'm sure it was completely unpublishable. But I wrote it! Then in college I got hit hard with writer's block. It took me years to figure out that writer's block--at least for me--is just another word for performance anxiety. I didn't start writing seriously again until I was in my early forties.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Darkness Embraced, and it's the final (for now, anyway) book in the Legends Of A Dark Empire series. The hero is Raphael Black, a super-ancient vampire who started out as an unrepentant bad guy in Darkness Awakened. I've slowly revealed more of his character and redeemed him little by little in Darkness Forbidden and Darkness Beloved.

Originally, Raphael's story was going to follow Darkness Forbidden. I got almost half way through his book and I realized that if I put all his material into one book it would be awfully long, so I switched it with Darkness Beloved. I put Raphael on the back burner while I worked on Jared and Rebecca's story.

When I started with Raphael again, I re-drafted the book and got about a third of the way through and decided I was going about it from the wrong angle. I have a tendency to let my hero and heroine get along a little too well too quickly, not giving them enough angst and stuff to work through, and that's exactly what I was doing with Raphael and his heroine, Perrie. So I threw out what I'd written and started over.

I've started this book three times, and since three is a magic number, I'm sure this is the version that will stick.
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Taken By Desire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,460. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Impossible Love Angel Promise, one of Novus Vita’s religious elite, thinks she knows the difference between right & wrong, especially where the Demon Kin are concerned. Until she meets Cain Desire, a test subject in the experimental facility she oversees. But can soul-shaking passion overcome Promise’s lifetime of training & unite them against those who wish to tear them apart? 91,000 words.
Mastered By Love
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,540. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
To Princess Tariza of Concordia, the animal nature of men demands women chain &control them. Her despised enemy, Prince Dario of Saturnios, believes women are the ones who must be controlled. Forced together as master & slave, the unlikely allies embrace an intimate partnership that transforms all their preconceptions about each other & the nature of love. 97,000 wds. Prev pubbed as On Her Knees.
Taken By Storm
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,140. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Used as a test subject in secret experiments, Storm loses everything to the madness that consumes him. He knows nothing but the driving need to find and subdue a female. When Mercy Wheaton’s captors lock her in with a crazed Demon Kin, she knows he’ll destroy her. But she never imagines he’ll also set her free. Hot romance novella of 46,000 words. Demon Kin stories can be read in any order.
Darkness Gathering
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 491,410. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
An ancient Empire of blood drinkers… Vampire Empress Daranda tortures and kills any vampire her spymaster finds insufficiently devoted. Humans are only prey. No-one can be trusted. But some vampires love. Some escape Daranda’s heartless realm. And even a spymaster can dream. Full 5-novel series: Temple Of The Heart, Darkness Awakened, Darkness Forbidden, Darkness Beloved, Darkness Embraced.
Dirty Magic
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,540. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Swept with two companions through a magical portal into an alternative universe, American Crystal Damson falls in love with Vadryc Falyros, the terrifying but sexy outlaw sorcerer, her only guide to her new world. In a sweeping journey through a land of wonder and magic, they elude then battle the colleague who betrayed him and who seeks to murder Crystal and her friends from Earth. 110,849 words
Lemon Drop
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,030. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Bashful Krista discovers a piece of unusually colored antique glass erotica with a surprising secret. It’s possessed by a male spirit whose mission is to satisfy her in bed. Will he succeed in overcoming her shyness and bring her delight she’s never known? Or will Krista send him back to his cold glass prison? An erotic short story at 9600 words.
Darkness Embraced
Series: Legends Of A Dark Empire, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,730. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Kidnapping frail yet defiant human Perrie--for her own protection, of course--brings more trouble to vampire Raphael than he expected. She wants love and friendship; he demands obedience. Will the secrets and lies at the heart of the Dark Empire tear them apart or is their passion strong enough to redeem Raphael and unite them forever? Dark Empire #5
Rush: A New Adult Paranormal Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,860. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
College junior Caroline seems happy with boyfriend Trent until she meets his despised stepbrother, Max, an occultist. Despite Trent's ominous warnings, she can't stay away from Max and the passion he brings to her life. Awful secrets from Max's past tear them apart. But Caroline is haunted by her own ghosts and only Max can help her defeat them. Can she forgive the heartbreak he's caused?
Darkness Beloved: Dark Empire #4
Series: Legends Of A Dark Empire, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 117,600. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Jared relishes acting as knight in armor, thinning the Dark Empire by killing those the empress marks for death. Rebecca once commanded Jared's full submission. He wants nothing to do with her; yet he can't resist her, for her iciness hides a passionate heart. Jared & Rebecca fight the system & each other on a treacherous journey from alienation to love. Prev pubbed as A Knight of Air And Shadow
Darkness Forbidden: Dark Empire #3
Series: Legends Of A Dark Empire, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 113,710. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Garek, an Amaki, never thought he could love a human until Atlantean Kistalleh saves his life. They are enemies, yet they overcome prejudice to form a bond that will defy death itself. When fate rips her from his arms, his agony propels him into the modern USA. But the reborn Kistalleh is terrified of him & Garek must fight a deadly enemy before he wins her trust. Prev pubbed as Ask Not The Moon
Darkness Awakened: Dark Empire #2
Series: Legends Of A Dark Empire, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,530. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Obsidian never met a rogue vampire he wasn’t eager to assassinate. Until Kayla Chandler enters his life. Her courage touches a part of him he thinks lost forever--his heart. When the vampire empress orders him to murder Kayla, he refuses and they flee west toward the only shelter against the Dark Empire…a legendary stronghold which may be more fable than fact. Prev titled Wind And The Darkness
Lucifer's Castle: Demon Kin #4
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,920. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2012 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Genevis Belleren falls in love with the two sexy Demon Kin males who kidnapped her and made her a hostage in order to escape slavery in the brothel Lucifer’s Castle. She’ll do anything for them—even oppose her uncle, one of the most powerful men in the galaxy, in order to join her lovers on a primitive desert world that has killed everyone who attempts to tame it.
If I Should Die; A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Zane is homeless. He’s cold, sick, hungry, lonely. His pride is all he’s got, & it’s in tatters. A mysterious beauty shows up one night to offer him a meal & conversation; but the lady isn’t quite what she seems. Alice Delacourt must regularly consume human blood; now she wants to taste Zane’s. Will he surrender his pride in return for affection, or will he condemn himself to die alone?
The Devil You Know: Demon Kin #3
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,620. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Once, on Novus Vita, Anne Paulsen loved a Demon Kin boy named Damien Fallyn. But that was twelve years ago and now she’s a convicted terrorist because of her actions against his government. When the Demon Kin King makes her Damien’s slave as punishment, they both know they are lost. Because one touch, one kiss, will bind them together again. Forever.
Blood Moon: The Amaki #3
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,520. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The mansion is everything Eve Jeremy dreams of and is in perfect condition. There’s one problem--it’s haunted by the sexiest ghost imaginable. Buried alive over 150 years ago, Michael has forgotten his name and Amaki heritage. He only knows he loves Eve. He’ll do anything to sustain himself to be with her, even drink human blood. Yet the very thing that strengthens him may destroy him forever.
Dragon Moon: The Amaki #2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,890. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Amaki sorcerer Thorn should hate Maddy, who betrayed him to be tortured. But when she gives up everything to help him escape, he vows to protect her. A member of an order dedicated to eradicating the fae, Maddy believes Thorn murdered her parents and dedicates her life to revenge. Until she falls in love with him.
Fury Enchained: Demon Kin #2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,780. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Sex slave Lily knows only pain and humiliation at the hands of the conquering Demon Kin. Until her master loans her to Fury. He brings her ecstasy she never imagined, but can she trust a man of the enemy? Fury hungers for Lily. Yet when she’s accused of aiding terrorists, he wonders if that love is real or merely sexual addiction. Novella: 26,000 wds. Demon Kin stories can be read in any order
Malefica: Demon Kin #1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,950. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
All Corinna Jerrix wants is to go home to Novus Vita where she can live a quiet, pure life as a war widow. But Demon Kin Merek & Jace have other plans. Corinna helped plan a brutal attack on their planet & in revenge they make her their sex slave. In their arms she discovers unimaginable pleasures forbidden on Novus Vita. Because of them everything she thinks she knows about the war is overturned.
Temple of The Heart: Dark Empire #1
Series: Legends Of A Dark Empire, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 88,740. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
In Atlantis, vampire Niko is despised. When he pulls priestess Laila from a fire, he breaks so many taboos they must flee those who won’t tolerate contact between his kind & hers. Laila can’t resist Niko’s dark charisma and will risk any danger to be with him. But there is more to the Atlantean pursuit than fear of blood drinkers. A powerful enemy wants Laila dead & will destroy any who aid her.
Love Potion Number Ninety
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Urban fantasy short story. Postal worker and witch Skye Donovan suspects her boss has the men in her unit under a love spell. She's tempted to leave them to their fate, but some of them clearly don't want to be sex slaves and Skye knows she must get involved. Will her actions earn her the enmity or the admiration of the goddess Aphrodite?
Stainless Steel Vampire
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Urban Fantasy short story. When a vampire-like spirit possesses the sorting machine postal worker and witch Skye Donovan is working on, she knows she must get rid of it before it sucks all the life energy out of her and her partner. But how to eject it without tipping off the entire workroom floor and exposing her witchy calling to her supervisors?
The Heart Moon: The Amaki #1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 83,840. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When feisty Laine meets bad boy Roan, her whole world changes. Roan isn’t human; he’s Amaki. Now she’s trapped in his realm of magic, bizarre monsters, and kinky fae. Roan must cure his dying brother, the only family he has left after a devastating plague. The heat between him and Laine captures his heart. But will it be enough to make him defy his clan and save her from his enemies?
Price of a Rose
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,940. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Left by her cruel stepfather to be the sexual toy of a violent and mysterious man, Belle expects to die soon. But her captor is tenderer than he first appears. Although cursed to be a monster, he bears a strange resemblance to Lucien, who loves her in her dreams. Caught as much by the passion between them as the deal made by her stepfather, Belle longs to uncover the secret of her captor's curse.

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