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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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.


Hot Chips and Sand
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,390. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 95,570. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, 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: $2.99 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
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: $2.99 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.
Murder at Chipmunk Lake
Series: Biting Love Short Bites, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,850. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014 by 7th Octave Publishing. 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: Free! Words: 13,860. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013 by 7th Octave Publishing. 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.
Falling for the Billionaire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,670. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Can tripping over your own feet lead to falling in love? 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,570. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012 by 7th Octave Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
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: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,680. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011 by 7th Octave Publishing. 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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Leigh Morgan
Latest book: Defending Destiny. Published November 5, 2013.