Enchanted Lyre Books

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Tori Minard has published over seventeen contemporary and paranormal romance novels and three novellas, in addition to a handful of short stories. 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, 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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Seventy Years Gone
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The Sweetwater Gordon remembers from one year ago is a classic American small town, with picket fences, a malt shop, and a wooden Indian outside the tobacco store. Now it’s abandoned. Falling down. The girlfriend he came to reclaim is long gone. Seventy years gone. A romantic paranormal tale of a young man who must choose between two loves, one human and the other fairy. 3000 words
Termination Dust
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,220. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Dex: notorious bad boy with a reputation for savagely beating anyone who crosses him. Cass: perfect student, perfect older sister, perfect nerd. But maybe perfect is getting a little old. When Dex defends Cass against a bully, the bad boy starts to look pretty good after all. A sensitive New Adult romance of love from the wrong -- and right -- side of the tracks. Complete novel:110,000 words
Captured
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,230. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Two novellas of forbidden love. 87,000 words of futuristic, searing hot romance. Taken By Storm: When Mercy’s captors lock her in with a crazed Demon Kin male, she knows he will destroy her. She never imagines he'll also set her free. The Devil You Know: Anne never forgot the Demon Kin male she fell in love with as a teen. She never forgave him either and now she's his slave.
Breaking Free
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,040. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2015 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Gage Dalton: I never should have told Nova I love her. When I was ten, my mom sold my soul to the devil in return for my success in Hollywood. You can’t sell someone else’s soul but Lucifer took the woman I love anyway, as compensation for a deal he never honored. I’ll do whatever I must to rescue Nova, even if I have to go to hell myself to get her back. Gage & Nova Trilogy #3. 67,500 wds
Bedeviled
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,010. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2015 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Gage Dalton: When I walked away from Nova to return to L.A., I thought I was doing the right thing, protecting her from the darkness of my life. Now I know I can’t make it without her. My soul is in hock to the devil, though, and I’d do anything to keep from endangering her. So my mission is clear: find a way out of The Deal. I only hope I can fix the mess before Nova gives up on me. 63,000 words
Bad Company
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,670. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2015 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When you owe all your fame as an actor to a deal with the devil, your self-respect takes a beating. And when the devil threatens to murder anyone close to you, you take measures to ensure there aren't any people like that in your life. I've existed this way so long I can't remember anything else. But Nova, the hottest and most infuriating chick I've ever met, makes me want to change. Everything.
Taken By Desire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,520. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Novus Vita struggles with the Demon Kin even though Novus Vita lost the war. A Novus Vitan Angel, Promise knows the difference between right and wrong. And the Demon Kin are wrong. Cain is a Demon Kin slated for use in the secret lab Promise supervises. He should hate her, yet the attraction between angel and demon refuses to die. 91,000 words. Demon Kin stories can be read in any order.
Mastered By Love
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,540. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Argelia: a planet with extremes of male and female domination. To Princess Tariza of Concordia, men are little more than animals to be chained and controlled. In Prince Dario of Saturnios’s world, women exist only to serve men. When the Demon Kin host peace talks, the two meet. The passion that ignites between them infuriates them both. But on Argelia, love is just a fairytale. 97,000 words
Taken By Storm
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,140. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Accused of adultery and abandoned by her husband, Mercy endures her Novus Vitan prison sentence with courage. She’ll never escape. A test subject in a Novus Vitan lab, Demon Kin Storm has lost everything, even his identity, to the madness consuming him. He knows nothing but the driving need to find and subdue a female. Now he wants Mercy. A sizzling novella of passion and love. 46,000 words
Darkness Gathering
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 491,410. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: 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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
In Fortunata, only the priesthood called the Piahni may practice magic. Anyone else receives an excruciating brand or suffers execution. American citizen Crystal doesn’t believe in magic until an outlaw sorcerer pulls her into his world. Now she’s at the mercy of the sexiest criminal she’s ever known. Full length novel at 110,849 words.
Lemon Drop
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,030. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Caroline has everything. Her boyfriend Trent plays football, she’s in a sorority, her grades are stellar. Yet she doesn’t quite belong. Trent’s despised stepbrother Max is a former runaway whose best friend is a ghost. He hates convention. Yet she can’t forget his touch. Caroline should stay away from Max. But she has ghosts that only he understands. Will she find the courage to accept his love?
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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Jefferson, PA is a hunting ground for vampires who emerge at night from the Dark Empire to stalk their prey. Obsidian loves to assassinate rogue vampires for his empress. He lives for the hunt and the kill. So why bother to intervene on behalf of a puny human? Brittney perceives him as a guardian angel. What will she do when she discovers he's a vampire? Darkness Awakened: 98,00 words
Lucifer's Castle: Demon Kin #4
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,920. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2012 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
At Lucifer’s Castle, the whores are Demon Kin, sexually insatiable humanoids made with horns and tails. Proud Jude dreams of freedom. Seth believes in his dream, but also enjoys the female guests. Genevis must evaluate them as potential sex workers on her family’s space station. When the two Demon Kin meet passionate Genevis, everything changes. Even the galaxy itself. 61,000-words
If I Should Die; A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: 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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(5.00)
Anne never forgot the beautiful young Demon Kin male she fell in love with as a teen on her home world of Novus Vita. And she never forgave him, either. Damien ruined her in the eyes of her family and her people. Now she is his slave, subject to his hatred, his resentment, struggling to hide her shameful secrets from his eyes. 41,500 words. Demon Kin stories can be read in any order.
Blood Moon: The Amaki #3
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,520. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
He watches. He listens. He knows when the beautiful young woman enters his domain. And he wants her. Eve Jeremy may have won the lottery, but she’s still a clerk in an office. Her winnings are earmarked for the historical mansion she’s always longed to restore. The incredible Second Empire-style Victorian is more than Eve ever imagined she could possess. There's just one problem. It's haunted.
Dragon Moon: The Amaki #2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,890. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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Amaki sorcerer Thorn is notorious in the Order, a group that kills fae. They’ll do anything to punish him. Maddy has served the Order since childhood. She’s dedicated her life to getting revenge on Thorn for murdering her parents. Yet when she traps him, she learns there’s a lot more to the story. Can a woman raised in hatred & fear learn to trust? Can Thorn forgive the woman who betrayed him?
Fury Enchained: Demon Kin #2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,780. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
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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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Magic raised Atlantis, yet is feared and tightly controlled. Vampires like Niko must wear a visible mark to identify their nature. Laila and her fellow priestesses haven’t seen a male or ventured outside the temple walls since infancy. Even a glimpse of a man is reason for punishment. And when that man happens to be a vampire, the consequences of Laila’s action may be dire indeed.
Love Potion Number Ninety
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: 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. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
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. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.50)
Laine is desperate for work. But with her record of insubordination, no-one will hire her. As an Amaki—or fae—Roan has no patience for humans. He must retrieve the magic to save his dying brother. When the two meet by chance, neither can deny the attraction they feel. But is lust enough reason for Roan to neglect his duty to his brother? Find out in this sizzling romance of hot fairy magic.
Price of a Rose
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,940. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011 by Enchanted Lyre Books. Categories: 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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