Mary Hughes


I write wickedly fun romantic adventures and steamy paranormal romances, stories that crackle with action and love. Challenging, smart alpha men--and women not afraid of a challenge. Oh, do the sparks fly when he meets THE woman guaranteed to infuriate and inflame him most.

In real life I'm an author, a spouse and mother, a flutist, a computer geek, and a binge-TV-watcher of The Flash, Elementary, NCIS, and Wynonna Earp.

~Mary Hughes

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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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Where to find Mary Hughes online


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.

Cin Wikkid: April Fools For Love
A fairy tale with a twist.

Mind Mates
Pretty little shifter, wizard prince—their taboo love could burn the barriers between worlds.


Pull of the Moon
A terrible prophecy reveals the last key to magic. Five forbidden couples must battle brutal shifters, evil wizards, and their own attractions to find the pieces of the key before the world as they know it ends.
Prophecy Mates
Price: $4.99 USD.
Heart Mates
Price: $5.99 USD.
Hunt Mates
Price: $3.99 USD.
Mind Mates
Price: $5.99 USD.
Biting Love Short Bites
The further adventures of Nixie and Julian, Elena and Bo, and the rest of the Meiers Corners gang. If you love the pace of urban fantasy, the steam of dark vampire tales, and laugh-out-loud moments, these are the stories for you! Warning: These titles contain vampires. Fighting, biting, loving vampires. And adult couples trying to have sexy times.


New Orleans's Nobody: Vampire Vignettes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,490. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2020 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Vampires, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
An April Fools' joke turns deadly for Mo Gaffney. Only the visiting New Orleans grandmaster vampire can save her. Vampire Vignettes. Short. Scintillating. First, exciting meets between an apex master vampire and the human woman who lights his life for the first time in centuries. Each story features a vampire master of the city and the woman who charms (or fights or snarks) her way into his life.
Atlanta's Angel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,820. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2019 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Vampires, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
I'm Leah Mackenzie, a human who's an Atlanta detective. When arrogant master Michael Obsidian declares my homicide case "vampire business," I'm just brave enough—or stupid enough—to follow him to his lair to convince him he's wrong.
Chicago's Chosen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,950. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2019 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Vampires, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
I'm Adele, a human who needs a job from rich Chicago master vampire Damien Knight. I finagle a tour of his business from a dark, mysterious lieutenant. But when I find out who my tour guide really is, it leads to a whole lot more than I bargained for…
Seduce My Heart
Price: Free! Words: 42,320. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Looking for a fresh approach to love? Close friends to steamy lovers. Small town romance and seduction. A second chance to win a forever sweetheart. Heat & spice. True love. Seduce My Heart contains the FIRST CHAPTERS of sexy romances by Tracy Ellen, Aria Glazki, Mary Hughes, Tessa Layne, Kelli McCracken, Shelley Munro, Ellis O. Day, Tracey Pedersen, Kristen Strassel, and Shaniel Watson.
Playing With Fire: The Battle of the Bands (A Starstruck Novella)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,100. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2018 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
An electric story of music, passion, family, and rivalry. USA Today Bestselling author Mary Hughes brings you an intimate glimpse into musicians' lives, with flashes of her signature humor. Fiddle player Shivawn meets hot bass guitarist Connor and lightning attraction strikes. But they're in rival bands and only one can win.
Hunt Mates
Series: Pull of the Moon, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,950. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Witches, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A theft. They think it's me. I don't care what any of them think—except for my new boss. Big, strong and handsome…and totally out of an iota's league. With both police and mysterious thief targeting her, an iota shifter joins forces with her techie/wizard-prince boss to clear her name and keep her out of jail. “What a brilliant, action packed, paranormal adventure and romance this proved to be!”
Bad Boy Billionaire's Lady
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 33,790. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2018 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Billionaires, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Rebel Lovless joined the Navy to escape his robber-baron grandfather molding him into a ruthless copy. So when the old man dies, the SEAL returns to give away his billions, only to find a surprise charitable legacy—and a hostile board tearing at the throat of charity organizer, classy lady Elizabeth Rothschild.
Heart Mates
Series: Pull of the Moon, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 99,250. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2017 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Witches, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
To survive, they’ll have to find the missing pieces—starting with their own. Sophia's dotty aunt is missing. Noah was the last person to see her. Warning: Contains a sassy ex-witch princess who hasn’t picked up a wand in four years, and a rare alpha wolf who proves attitude knows no boundaries. A little drooling, a lot of panting, and a few nips in all the right places. Flea collar not included.
Hot Chips and Sand
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,390. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Billionaires
Cliff is a billionaire computer genius hiding his life as a spy. Skyler is competitive with a temper, a programmer whose genius is people. She's kidnapped; he rescues her, and she thinks she'll never see him again. Until he shows up at her company, wanting her help on a programming project. But is Cliff the spy working with her kidnappers?
Mind Mates
Series: Pull of the Moon, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 95,560. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Witches, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
When a powerful wizard prince comes out of hiding to save his sister, he is forced to team with a pretty shifter—one with ugly, dangerous powers of her own. As vengeful enemies close in, a forbidden attraction flaming between them, the two race to find a mysterious key.
Cin Wikkid: April Fools For Love
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,390. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2016 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Cinderella hungers to escape Widow Wikkid's grinding thumb. Freedom’s one desperate class away, but Cin sucks at tax accounting. Scarred-but-sexy tutor Rafe ignites Cin’s mind—and enflames her body. Why’s he urging her to marry billionaire Gideon Prince? THE GLASS SLIPPER TEST Will Rafe’s final test be Cin’s final straw?
Biting Love Nibbles
Series: Biting Love Short Bites. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 105,160. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Vampires
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
Series: Biting Love Short Bites, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,830. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Vampires, 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.
Prophecy Mates
Series: Pull of the Moon, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,460. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Shifters, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
Daniel Light loved Zoe Blackwood when he was a gangly and awkward teen. Now a powerful wizard prince, a masked ball gives Daniel a new chance to woo her. Coming between them is an evil fire wizard and an ancient parchment with a deadly prophecy.
Murder at Chipmunk Lake
Series: Biting Love Short Bites, Book 3 · Biting Love Short Bites, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,030. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Vampires, 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: Two Laugh Out Loud, Steamy Vampire Romps
Series: Biting Love Short Bites · Biting Love Short Bites, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 14,320. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Vampires, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Hilarious and steamy hot! Action-packed urban fantasy meets dark vampire romance. Honeymoons should be romantic. My special night with my master vampire will be all champagne and hot tubs—just as soon as hubby and I kick some evil vampire butt. "Hot, explicit, detailed, funny, and packed with drama as I expected and enjoy. Thanks to the author Mary Hughes, for both the stories and price!!!!!:)
Falling for the Billionaire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,240. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Billionaires, Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Can tripping over your own feet lead to falling in love? A sexy romantic comedy. Zan is a billionaire media superstar tired of high-gloss, meaningless dates. Vicky is a junior college teacher who loves him from afar—until she’s roped into playing wingman for her international-model sister, who's trying to win him back.
Black Diamond Jinn (A Hot SF/Fantasy Novella)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,580. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Witches
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
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 · Biting Love Short Bites, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,520. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Vampires
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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Latest book: Defending Destiny.
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