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Novels are my forte, but variety is the spice of life, after all. This is where I'll dump all my short stories when I feel like combing through my files.

An idle fortune is ripe for the taking. Charlotte “Lottie” Everill is suffocating beneath the demands of high society. She wants nothing more than to finish her novel and live out the rest of her life in peace, but doing so seems impossible when every man in Westral has their sights set on her inheritance — and some aren’t willing to accept refusal. After a botched abduction, Lottie flees into the warren — a massive underground city where death and danger lurk around every corner. Unable to return to the surface, furious and fearing for her life and fortune, she employs Vincent Blythe, a disgraced gunman, to help her uncover the identity of her would-be kidnapper. She only needs a name and enough evidence against them to allow the rule of law to run its course — but she quickly learns it won’t be so simple when all of Westral is waiting to see her fall. Her inheritance could turn a beggar into the richest man in the region, and even those she thought she could trust would stop at nothing to pry it from her grasp. Unedited | Unrevised | First Draft

A heated argument with his boyfriend Adam sends Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane tumbling down a well, only to awaken in Altea, a magical land threatened by the Galra Empire. Here, he encounters Keith, a brooding half-daemon bound by a past betrayal. Together, they must protect a mysterious crystal and defend Altea, all while Shiro grapples with newfound love and purpose.

After failing her education program and losing her factory job, Moragen is running low on options. Hoping to get away from her debt and the shadowy man following her, she signs up to join the hivemind army that defends the city of Ratheme. As a hivemind soldier, she can let someone else take control. But there’s something wrong with Moragen’s link to the hive. She’d be happy to ignore it, if there weren’t also something off about the war with the Nemerites. And secrets among her teammates. And something seriously wrong with the captain controlling them. Investigation leads to the shocking revelation that the enemy is not what they seem, and that humanity is in more danger than anyone could have imagined. But if Moragen’s team can’t learn to trust one another, no one will be able to stop what’s coming.

Assassination partners (and roommates) Daisuke Toshiaki and Kenzo Orochi suddenly find themselves with the most difficult mission of them all: caring for a 11-year old child and her six siblings. Can they balance on the knife's edge of childcare and bringing home the bacon, or will the happiness they might find as a hodgepodge family completely out of reach?

Her final gift will save lives... What would you do if you found out you were going to die? For seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Reid, this isn't hypothetical. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, her world comes crashing down around her. Now, she's faced with a question that no teenager should have to answer. How do you make your mark on a world you're about to leave behind? Refusing to go quietly, Elizabeth races against the clock, determined to create a legacy that will outlive her. Her goal? One final act to save lives, even as her own ends. But with time running out, can Elizabeth achieve something truly remarkable before it's too late?

𝐁𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐟𝐨𝐫. Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas is a nineteen-year-old Cambridge student with a passion for literature and writing. For an assignment, she has to read one of Danielle Miracle's best sellers-The Race for His Heart. However, a dangerous wish transports her into that very novel. After an accident with Princess Verity, she is now one of the candidates in a race for Prince Henry's heart. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ Cover by GirlWithSparkleEye (Wattpad + Insta)

[COMPLETED] Young and disillusioned, Nicole Fischer decided a long time ago that she wanted to take a break from dating. Exasperated with the wait after two years, her sister, Andrea, forcibly sets her up with a friend. Nicole has no choice but to humour her sister and so, goes on the date, only to have it end abruptly. When she meets her date again in a cemetery while fighting an angry ghoul, they suddenly find themselves in a corridor of doom - aka, the Netherworld... which isn't actually a very bad place for someone craving alone-time like Nicole. There are only two choices: either embrace love or be stuck in the Netherworld forever. Nicole has to make the choice. What will she choose?

Summer Lumen has always been a perfectionist. She's had straight As all four years of high school, is President of the student council, and has never missed a single day of school. Top of her class, Summer has already begun writing her valedictorian speech for her high school graduation in just under two years. But when her estranged father dies of a drug overdose, her therapist mother insists she take a week off to "process her emotions". Summer is frustrated to lose her perfect attendance record, but when she finds out that the week off cost her the number one spot in the class, she's furious. And who took her place? None other than Baker Scott, the mysterious high school football star who has no friends and always seems to be sporting a black eye. Summer, who isn't much of a sports fan, didn't even know he existed until she found out he replaced her as top of the class. Now she has to regain her position, which can only mean one thing: the war has begun, and Baker Scott is the enemy. This is a game Summer is sure she's going to win. The only problem? While Summer is playing the game of war, Baker is playing the game of love. And it doesn't take long before Summer is playing right along with him. There's a fine line between love and hate, and Summer is about to find out how fine that line actually is.

[bXb] Henry falls madly in love with his new boss, Edward. Henry is an old vampire working in management for a small journal in 1984 New York when he finds out his new boss is an old friend rebirthed from the 1700's. Edward wants to become an immortal so bad that he resorts to seducing Henry until he breaks and turns him. Henry's familiar is also rebirthed since her death in 1920, and is now his guardian angel, helping him navigate his feelings of love in a fast-paced New York life.

Avery Greer is the host of a popular video blog in her hometown of Sahling Massachusetts, where she dives into controversial topics. When Avery gets wind of the local paranormal group, she sets out to expose them as a fake. Nolan Wright is the founder of the Sahling paranormal team. He takes the paranormal very seriously, as does his team. When Avery approaches him, asking to tag along with them, Nolan's first reaction is no. But once he discusses it with his team, they decide to allow it, simply because they want some public exposure. Avery is certain this will be the easiest thing she's ever done. As time goes on, though, she experiences things she can't explain and also slowly begins falling for Nolan. WARNING THIS STORY MENTIONS DEATH, HAS FRIGHTENING IMAGES, TALKS ABOUT DISTURBING TOPICS AND SOME MINOR SEXUAL CONTENT.

In a world of division where one kind is gifted with charms known as Cards and the other is not. Where one is able to fully appreciate the richness and beauty of life and the other is deprived of such joys. Where one holds the power to manipulate the world and those around them, and the other has become mere carrion for the birds littering the ground in a garish shade of scarlet. * * Every person in Younria has a blank canvas inked on their wrist upon birth. Blanks, they are called. When the imprint of a Card has manifested within one’s canvas, their status changes to that of a Holder. When they’ve passed the age of seven and the canvas is still vacant, they are Unmarked—a rank considered the epitome of failure, something Holders emphasise relentlessly. Help the Unmarked as a Holder and you’ll become Discarded. To challenge how things stand is to invite death. Ivy Yishük was born ungifted. She’s forced to face a world of intolerance, until one day, when she decides enough is enough. She flees her death-dealing kingdom, only to return five years later to finish what should have ended eons ago. With the guidance of her mentor, the young woman has prudently devised a scheme aimed at giving her people a life that was unjustly stripped from them. She’s prepared to tear herself apart piece by piece just to see it through, but how can she possibly achieve such an enormous feat when millions of Holders are demanding her head?

Nicolás Velez is done with casual sex. Listen, yes, he might've fucked everyone in his flat within the first week of living in halls and had a respectable run on Grindr, but what eighteen-year-old wouldn't? He's almost twenty-four now, though, and sleeping with people who won't remember his name five minutes later is, as his best mate would say, "not cute, baby girl". Problem: Nikki sucks at dating. In his defence, he really is trying his best. He even read dating advice to the eighth page of Google! (Would've read further too, but the suggestions started sounding more appropriate for the search "how to kidnap a woman?" so he reckoned it the time to quit.) Despite the effort, Nikki is about as successful on dates as Charlie Hides was on Drag Race: difficult to watch and definitely overstaying his welcome. Josephine Rawlins is all about casual sex. After the end of a seven-year relationship, Joe packs up the wreckage of her life in London and seeks new scenery in Manchester. Best way to get over someone is to get under someone new and Joe is ready for the slag phase she didn't have at uni. Problem: Every time someone makes flirtatious eye contact across a respectable distance of six yards, she freaks out. Solution: Practice together. **** PANSEXUAL MAN x BISEXUAL WOMAN ROMANCE TROPES: friends with benefits, workplace romance, mutual pining COMP TITLES: Entergalactic, Take A Hint Dani Brown

Death was once something I feared, an illusion that brought darkness with it, but now I plead for its mercy in this time that survivors have come to call, The New Order. ••• It was only a cough to began with, something so simple, it had happened a thousand times before, but with in a few days it was so much more then just a mere cough, it become lethal, and it spread like wildfire. Twenty year old, Naseria Friedelinde never thought she would be alive to see the world that she grew up with, collapse right before her very eyes, but on the 22rd of August, that was the new harsh reality that she was unexpectedly thrust into, along with her fourteen year old sister, Eliana. They didn't know how or why the virus had spread and affected everyone they once knew, but Naseria knew that she needed to get her sister as far away from the other people as quickly as possible. But being stuck in the middle of the city was going to make that a tricky situation to get around. And it didn't help that the virus turned its victims into something else, something they couldn't just run or hide from, something that craved chaos, a creature that sort out death.

Darian's life-plan is crystal-clear to him. Rank as highly as a basketball recruit nationally for his class. Get himself a full-ride scholarship and spend 1-2 years polishing his game. Get drafted in the NBA. Taste the glory. Yearn for more. The game is him, Darian believes. He knows. It is where he can catapult himself off the ground in a singular, awe-striking moment of defiance against gravity. Probe flyness to the highest. The point where he is free and aim for it again and again. And again. For Darian learned early on that life's got its teeth bared at him. So he taught himself to bare them back. Raw. Incisive. Filed them in order to draw blood. He is boiling rage. With the smell of burnt flesh under his skin. He does not whine. He does not complain. He hollers and slashes and claws his way out. Even if it leaves him starved out. Even if he tells himself he has no need for any of it - anything. Lessons in Landing is a young adult MxM queer-tinged coming-of-age novel, featuring as mainly a bildungsroman centered around its main protagonist and the (un)(re)doing of his ties with family, friends, past/present/future loves, and himself.

The TWIN Sister Book to Ambys 🏆 2023 Winner HereAfter Dark © censored to comply with the new Wattpad Standards. Winner of the 2023 Amby's 🏆 Best Mystery/Thriller Novel CARTER CHEVAL, the Anchor and lead investigative journalist on the After Dark TV program has everything to live for now, having won the love of his life LAYLA, yet finds himself dead in the HereAfter. Gunned down in a seemingly senseless shooting, he is shown a movie of his life on Earth which is all a lie. He enlists the help of a ghostly figure, TEACHER, to try and save his friends and family from a similar fate. So Carter, a ghost on a mission, from the HereAfter must use the information from his life movie to disentangle the web of lies surrounding his life and death. He must try to exact his revenge, and save his family and friends before the protection of Vatican Secrets results in them all prematurely joining him in the afterlife. His only chance to stop these evil forces is to get his recently revealed biological father, PETER, now a high priest and Keeper of Secrets in the Vatican, to kill for him. However, this seemingly impossible task becomes easier after an epic spirit battle between them. The possibility of Carter’s spirit being stuck in his father's body wasn't exactly part of the plan to make his father ultimately pay for any part he played in the conspiracy and perhaps even in Carter's own murder.

Welcome to Cognito. We're all Monsters here... (A short story that may turn into a full novel at a later time)

Assorted writings and poems

They said it would be a relaxing week in the woods with friends. Graham thought returning home for the first time in eight years would be the hardest thing he'd have to do. Surrounded by whispers and gossip, he was more than eager to exchange the quiet a Pennsylvanian town for a luxury cabin in the woods. The group of college students had planned a celebration of sorts to send off two of their friends who would be leaving the continent on a research mission. At least, that's all it was meant to be, until someone went missing. Now, they'll deal with the whispers and shadows of the forest.

A short story continuation about what really happened to Alice…

A delicate mix of 50% main character suffering and 50% scenic descriptions of landscapes and fantasy creatures. Sapphire is a young storm elf. She is living in exile from the elven ​kingdom with her parents, in the southern desert. One day, a mercenary shows up and forcefully takes her back to the capital of the Frost Elven Empire. Originally a story based on some NPC's of a DND campaign. I wrote an old version of this story for NaNoWriMo 2022, but I decided to rewrite it from scratch. 

A woman and her dead dog. Trigger Warning: It's all right there. Don't say I didn't warn y'all

A man seeking his fortune, a woman driven from her own home. Two legends lost in time and space. One lady who dreams of her love, one soldier who fights for a kingdom lost. Three prophecies to rule them all. Young Light alchemist Yor Castel sets off on a journey to seek knowledge around the world. He encounters a young runaway in danger, tied to the awakening of an ancient evil. In just a day, Elmeida Yuri, heir to the Dark tribe of Sahara, loses her entire family. She escapes a gruesome death and her only hope lies in a small island-country far away from home, where she meets a promising young man. But her refuge is short-lived and soon, she has no place to hide. With the Master of Darkness raising his head after decades, prophecy demands Light and Darkness work together to save the world. The ones who first defeated him are now too weak; it's up to the new mages to step up and fulfil the role set by the prophecy. *** Book 1 of The Sahara Chronicles. Sample only. Available in full on Amazon.

Lists the History Of Achievement of Literary Awards, Reviews, and General Accolades from fellow Writers and Readers, categorised by Book.

The Empyrean country maintains a simple order, one that rewards resource with power. A system that Kilyan Zaitsev and his family have immensely profited from. With the most valued tithe in all of the kingdom, no one sits above. But they have a secret: their wells are running dry. When it goes, so will the power that has kept them safe and away from chaos. Kilyan Zaitsev would do anything to protect his family. A task that becomes increasingly difficult as his curse worsens. Robbed of all options, he engages into a treaty marriage with the prince of their enemy nation. Desperation, chaos, sickness, calamity, and the looming end of the world as he knew it.

Angelica is an introvert who enjoys spending time alone, but she doesn't like being alone at night. Since she was fifteen, she has been plagued by nightmares that seem to be connected to crimes in her city. Despite her parents taking her to see a psychologist many times, the nightmares persist. ✷✷✷ Meanwhile, a dedicated young detective named Adam has been transferred to a small town where a killer is on the loose. While conducting his investigation, he encountered a peculiar college girl who confided in him about things she had never shared with anyone before. Will Angelica discover how her nightmares are connected to the crimes, and will Adam succeed in locating the killer? What will happen when two divergent worlds come together?

AbHztemia Facility has selected humans to become Successors of the Hztemia world, but at what cost? Through trial and error over the past centuries, only forty-seven Successors have risen. This is a collection of the Successors within the AbHztemia Files- who they are, where they are from, what occurred that made them a Successors, and the possible dangers they pose not only on Earth but to Hztemia itself.

"What If You Don't Know Your Secret?" In the gripping thriller, "Anna's Secret," a 17-year-old girl named Anna, her calm life becomes fearful when a strange person enters her world. Anna gets annoyed with him following her around and she soon discovers that he keeps a secret about her which can shake her world. At the same time, heartbreaking murders begin across the city. An FBI agent named Michael is engaged, endeavouring to catch the person responsible for these crimes, but he doesn't know his investigation might be related to the mystery surrounding Anna. As days go by, Anna's reality becomes confusing, making her doubt her feelings. Is she just imagining the things the stranger said, or are they true? And could her secrets be linked to the terrible events in the city? Anna digs deeper into the mysteries surrounding her, and the lines between truth and lies, sanity and confusion, start to blur. She faces many dangers on her journey, making her wonder about everything she thought she knew about herself and her past. In "Anna's Secret," things are not what they seem, and reality is always being put to the test. This thrilling story will keep readers on the edge of their seats, making them question what they believe about truth and the secret things that shape our lives.

Jonathan Hendrix is your typical high-school nerd. Very creative, loves military history, and has a massive Lego Star Wars and army men collection. He's smart, detailed, and organized. However, he's also insecure due to his skinny frame and his status as a 'nice guy' in the hierarchy of high school social norms. All of that changes one day. While our fearless nerd is celebrating surviving another day of high school, the spaceships of the Hoo-Meerian Matchmaking Empire appear in Earth's skies. Massive blue teleportation beams are fired from their warships, separating the young from the old into Matchvilles, and Jonathan is put next to Helen Grant. Who is this fair maiden? Well, his crush! Will Jonathan be able to adapt and survive being in such close proximity to the girl he admires? More importantly, will he able to rise up and find a way to free his planet from the cringey rom-com-style tyranny of the Hoo-Meerians?

The Wildlands are as harsh as they are unpredictable. Kerrin always considered herself to be a simple woman. She wanted nothing more than a peaceful life among the trees of her family’s orchards, surrounded by the blissful solitude of the Bloodborne Plains. But peace is a fleeting thing — fragile and easily shattered. When the dangers of the plains come too close to home, Kerrin has no choice but to place her family’s safety above her own desires and secure a place within the borders of the nearby kingdom of Tarith. After a host of bandits raid the caravan she’s traveling with and make off with a valuable artifact, a group of mercenaries offer her an opportunity she can’t refuse. She only has to identify the bandits who made off with the artifact and help deliver it to Tarith. But there are greater dangers in the plains than bandits and the odd orc tribe, and Kerrin finds the unsettling myths of the Bloodborne Plains have more truths to them than she ever realized. _____________________ Unrevised | First Draft

Arkham, late 1983. Everyone knew deep down that Arkham was cursed, but no one would say it out loud. There was the occasional disappearance, murder, and the 'animal' sightings. But it was not frequent so most people wouldn't think about it much. Under Arkham the last threshold starts to fail, allowing more beings to cross through at once. Soon the town is in a bloodbath all-out war. Father Seymour has been preparing his life for this moment and prays that it's not too late. Calling on Jonathan, an old friend, and Iris Wilson, a mysterious woman who showed up claiming she wanted to help. Can they save Arkham before it fails? Or is it too late? New chapter every Monday!

Olivia Kingsley is famous in her town for her delicious food and warm, friendly demeanor in her bakery. She's top dog in town,until rival Eli Mason sets up his bakery just down the street from hers. Olivia is furious and determined to ger rid of Eli, once and for all. But what happens when Olivia starts opening up to Eli and him with her? Crazy antics and some serious chemistry, that's what!

There is little she won't do to prove her innocence. Everna had everything she could want in life; a loving family, a stable job, and the relative peace of a small town on the outskirts of the kingdom of Inverness, but peace is a fragile thing so easily shattered. Framed and condemned for the murder of Mayor Arden Ashburn, Everna faces execution for treason. When the mysterious group known as Shadowguard convinces the High Court to forestall her judgment, Everna has one chance to unravel the mystery behind Mayor Ashburn's murder and prove her innocence. All the while, her enemies remain hidden in the shadows and one step ahead of her. What began with a seemingly politically motivated murder quickly becomes a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Everna thought she could handle it, but she soon finds it's not so easy to keep her head up when someone's looking to remove it. _____ Book 1 of the Shadowguard Series Edited | Revised

Emersyn Collins is coming home. It's been four years since 19-year-old Emersyn has been back to her hometown of Coupeville, Washington. Four years since her grandma got sick, and she was forced to move in with her estranged mother in the city. Four years since she's seen her best friends. Four years since she's shared a meal with her Uncle Kiel. Armed with nothing but a bag brimming with clothes, art supplies, and a heartfelt letter from her grandmother bequeathing her the house she grew up in, Emersyn finds herself at a crossroads, uncertain about her future as she returns to her past. But everything changes when she crosses paths with Zeke Thatcher, an enigmatic stranger with his own quest on the island: to locate his father's grave and uncover a hidden connection to a family he never knew. For reasons Emersyn can't quite understand herself, she feels the need to help him. Before long, her days are spent obsessing over the charismatically distant stranger who seems to be struggling not to fall in love with her. And her nights are devoted to the images of gravestones as she tries to translate her new obsession onto blank canvases with the strokes of acrylic paints. But unbeknownst to Emersyn, Zeke is on a deadline to find that familial link. The clock is ticking, and if they can't uncover it before time slips away, they risk losing much more than a summer romance.

20 years ago, the angels decided to show themselves and carried out God's Judgement Day. After the war between the two species, humans were kept as pets and servants to the angels. Under this new order of society, Kye - a normal human girl, who just wanted to survive her day-to-day and take care of her family, faced new employment and feelings toward her angel boss. Things were not very simple, yet she could manage. Until Kye's adoptive sister convinced her to get involved in a mission. (Cover made by me with the help of WOMBO Dream+Canva) *All Supernatural characters belong to CW. Originally posted on AO3 under ChewieTheHouseElf username. Thank you all to those who have been reading up until this point. This is an alternative universe fanfiction that doesn't require knowledge of the show Supernatural to enjoy it. I wrote it in 2020 after the show ended. This is my very first writing project anywhere so the pacing, word choices, and grammar have a lot of room to improve.

How long is a lifetime? To Luc, it is eternal. Endless and excruciatingly meaningless. His existence on Earth serves as a punishment for the sins he has committed. Immortality is his shackle. It would forever be that way if Luc didn't stumble upon Aida, a young girl who is kidnapped from her motherland and sold as a slave. Luc's impulsive decision to take her home turns his world upside down and brings him something Luc would never expect... *This story is original fiction with Luc as the main character, set in an alternative Victorian era. It is intended to be the prequel/spin-off to 'Until The End Of Time', where Luc played a major part toward the end. Slavery is depicted but not the focal point. Cover made by me with the help of WOMBO Dream+Canva I appreciate every read, vote, and comment!

1500 word science fiction story for a competition The story takes characters from the HereAfter Series and twists the Prologue from Book 2 into a Sci Fi short story some elements of which, may or may not make an appearance, down the track, in Book 2.

Iris's brother has done a stupid, stupid thing by challenging a shadewalker from the Veil family to a game of Creznen Roulette. Unfortunately, he won. Now, the shadewalker's older sister is demanding Iris's life in retribution. In desperation, Iris's father has gone to Adrian Colt, another shadewalker, begging him to protect his family. Adrian has agreed, but the price is that Iris must marry his son. Iris, however, has no intention of being married off - even if it is for her own protection. Rated Moderate for language, violence, and disturbing themes. Special thanks to @plutointhestars from Wattpad for the gorgeous cover art! Please note: an unedited version of this story is also available on Wattpad. I will be uploading chapters to Kerning as they are edited.

A song inspired by a visit to Gettysburg way back in 1976. The Bi-Centennial year for the USA. I visited at the insistence of my friend and fellow traveler, Michael. He was in the Army Reserve in our hometown Sydney, Australia. Michael planned our trip itinerary so many historical military sites were naturally included. Gettysburg, although I'd heard of it I doubt it would have been a must see for me save for Michael. It had a profound effect on me to this day. When my friend in Perth Stoney Martin was asked by a friend in Texas to write a song with Texas mentioned in the lyrics. Stoney and I thought that the USA may be headed for another civil war and we both thought we could come up with an anti-war protest song about the Civil War. I set down some words in 2020 In the middle of the Covid madness. Covid and Facebook restrictions took precedence over songwriting for us both. Stoney concentrated on his own music as a retired professional musician. Meanwhile, I got out my, now old, Casio Keyboard and finally resolved to learn to play the piano. In 2023 I decided to come back to writing and renew my interest in my HereAfter Series of books. I also decided to make a book of the lyrics to our protest song.

Essays about writing.

Plagued by dreams of a place she's never seen, eighteen year old Penelope Jane Smith doesn't understand what's happening to her. Until she and her mother go visit her aunt in the English countryside. As soon as Penelope sees the old manor house, she knows something or someone has invaded her dreams, calling to her subconsciously. There Penelope learns of a dark secret and discovers her psychic abilities to help the very person who needs her the most. WARNING THIS STORY DEALS WITH FRIGHTENING IMAGES AND MENTIONS SUICIDE AND MURDER.

my multi featured and most successful book on wattpad is coming to kerning so stay tuned

** Could an undying love blossom in the ruins of a shattered world? ** 4th cycle anno Bellum. The Second World War, which drove humanity to the abyss, has not only left death and destruction in its wake but has also opened the door to another reality. When the situation threatens to tip over, German cultists resort to desperate measures: They use a magical artifact that changes the fate of all humanity. It ripped the veil to Thule apart and revealed the realm of myths and legends. Beings that once only existed in the tales of the ancients now rule the world. In the ruins of the old times and an emerging new society with mighty rulers, the so-called Vaesen, the few survivors fight desperately for their existence while the remaining Cultists of the Thule Society work secretly to seal the world's fate once more. But amid chaos and despair, hope also arises. A Shapeshifter driven by revenge and an enforcer of the Strigoi who harbors secrets of her own becomes caught up in the intrigue. Together, they embark on a hunt that could decide whether the world remains the same or undergoes another bloody transformation. In a storm of attraction, prejudice, and magic, Zane and Myreille must not only sort out their feelings and overcome the hostile Vaesen's entanglements but also fight against the impending doom that threatens to devour the last lives.

Second in Series: One year after her childhood crush departed for college, Atlee has buried the past and set it on metaphorical fire. She is finally looking forward to a carefree summer. Breaking her heart was never part of Fenton's plan. All he wanted was a new life in a new town, protecting her from witnessing the tragedy unfolding in his. But when the song he wrote about their relationship tips his college band toward potential stardom, he owes it to tell her how he felt before the music does it for him.

First in Series: Atlee, a headstrong eighteen-year-old resident of a tranquil beach town, is armed with her red Chucks and Grateful Dead T-shirt and is ready to take on the world. With school out for the summer, she's determined to make the most of it by watching local bands, notching up life experiences, and documenting the highs and lows of her brother's amateur basement band, The Dead Prophets, in preparation for her future ambition as a music journalist. When The Dead Prophets are granted an opportunity that could make or break them—a gig at the biggest music festival three hundred miles away, Atlee must confront her fear of flying to be part of this seminal moment or face an even greater fear—being left behind. © Copyright S J James 2023

In late spring, a tornado sweeps through the idyllic mining town of Paradise, Texas. On the same day, seventeen-year-old Cindy Ackerman doesn't arrive home. As the mystery over her whereabouts deepens, Nick Brennan's curiosity for the girl from his school morphs into obsession. Why can't they find her? How far is Nick willing to go to help? What if each new clue points towards him? And if he knows more about the night Cindy never came home, why can't he remember? Everyone has a story. One has a secret. Copyright 2020 S J James

A quartet of freshly-graduated mages is tasked with looking after a young prince for the day. While it all sounds simple in the beginning, keeping tabs on the boy in a city filled with the hustle and bustle of a festival turns out to be harder than expected. When a dragon's shadow falls over the merrymaking crowd and the prince is nowhere to be seen, the four friends must do all in their power to find him and save their hides.

How do you undo memories? If it are the dark nights that painted you in the shape of a person? Is it okay to erase everything? Even if it means the good and the bad? This poetry collection explores themes of growing up, letting go and finding a new person behind the paint.

Youngbin Lee has been the target of school bullying for long enough, and it has started to chip away his last bit of confidence. But during a fateful meeting with Alex Hill, one of the most notorious and unruly students, Youngbin is offered help; Alex could protect him from bullies tormenting him, if Youngbin returned a favour. And just like that, the two enter a fake dating deal. But the unlikely pair begins to harmonise better than expected, and the closer their set dating deadline is approaching, the more complications arise. ***** mlm/bxb, fake dating, slowburn, fluff and angst, like a lot of angst and also a lot of depression, pining, friends to lovers, two dumbasses and the disaster that is falling in love, or pretending to do so.

The ruins of an ancient citadel have been discovered, and with it, rumors of a powerful artifact lie hidden inside. Numerous groups have sent adventurers to search for the artifact, but none have returned. Zenkoh a Gnoll, a humanoid hyena-like creature, and Maria the Catfolk, a catlike creature that walks upright, have been adventuring together for nearly a year. Both of them have done something they regret in their past and travel around as adventurers helping others to try to make up for what they did. This is made difficult for Zenkoh as most of the other races see Gnolls as nothing more than savage beasts, causing others to eye her warily and treat her with caution whenever she comes near a settlement. This is due to most of the other Gnoll clans being openly hostile to the non-Gnoll races. During all of her time adventuring Zenkoh has had worries that there isn't any way for her to change how the other races view Gnolls as a whole. Join Zenkoh and Maria in an adventure across the land of Gnossalia while they go on an adventure you won't want to put down.

The New World has been the last peaceful and resourceful country for nearly two hundred years. Or at least that's what they say. Samantha Ivory has been living a boring average life in an old town with lots of history. That is, until the news of a carnival coming to town ignites new excitement. This carnival promises a night of fun for everyone. There are games, promising rewards, and food that no one has ever seen or tasted before. But what if this carnival isn't what it seems to be? And who are these people that have come into her town? Can Sam figure it out before it's too late, or will she get stuck playing a game she never wanted to play?

Things in Aurora Daphne Dayton Martin's life haven't exactly been glamorous, despite the fact that her father is famous rock star, Knox Dayton. Her parents divorced when Rory was five and her father pretended she didn't exist until several years later. Now Rory has just turned sixteen and her dad has invited her to tag along with him and his band, Aserol, in America. Rory's mom isn't comfortable with that but reluctantly agrees. While on the tour, Rory actually gets close to her unorthodox rock star father and falls in love with a young, new music star, Coco Bellmy, who's touring with her father's band. Things get crazy and Rory ends up being torn between her present life and a possible future life. WARNING THIS STORY DEALS WITH STRONG LANGUAGE, DRUG USE, ALCOHOLISM AND SEXUAL CONTENT.

An alluring physique, innocence that draws the beasts of desire in; A one-of-a-kind flower that blossoms through the soil blanketed with snow and stained with crimson. She is the predator and they are her prey. Blood and tears mixed on her face because there was no escaping this perilous fate.

After civilization is propelled in a new direction, a cheap, no-frills way of housing the dead is required. A relatively humane solution to a world-wide inconvenience was born in the form of Zombie Park. Compound owners were hero-worshiped, and dubbed America's next generation of forefathers. Miles is a pen-keeper at the weirdest zoo on the planet. In co-charge of the Raptors, Gnashers and New Converts, something unexpected appears on his manifest, and he's forced to face the past he ran from. But times have changed, haven't they? Can you be held responsible for decisions taken to ensure your survival? Would Miles' dead ex-girlfriend think otherwise? ©Copyright 2021 S J James Cover from Canva template - meiyuanstudio

Following the death of his brother, Drew's parents leave him to his own devices. Unable to cope and incapable of grieving alone, Drew is turning invisible. Forced to relocate for spring break, he stumbles over what could be his salvation in the woods behind his grandfather's house. For Aiden, his former childhood crush that's arrived back is now all sorts of weird. But before he can decide if it's good weird, he's unwillingly pulled into a plan to help Drew keep a secret-one that would put him at odds with his own parents. ©Copyright 2019 S J James

Adrian's headed for a collision. He doesn't know when; he just knows that he is. With his father ill and his mother devout at his hospital bedside, Adrian is left navigating the world of grief, microwave meals, and first love alone. The sole person who makes him forget is Heather, his childhood crush who is eternally drifting away. When Adrian initiates a dare-to-be-great-moment, although criminal, he holds hope it may just keep her in his life a little longer. ©Copyright 2021 S J James

ᵂʰᵉⁿ ʸᵒᵘ ⁿᵉᵉᵈ ᵗᵒ ˡᵉᵗ ᵍᵒ...ᵇᵉᶜᵃᵘˢᵉ ʰᵉ ˡᵒᵛᵉᵈ ʰᵉʳ ᶠᶦʳˢᵗ..." 𝖶𝗁𝖾𝗇 𝗌𝖺𝗌𝗌𝗒 𝖥𝗋𝖾𝗇𝖼𝗁 -𝖪𝗈𝗋𝖾𝖺𝗇 𝗃𝖾𝗐𝖾𝗅𝗋𝗒 𝖽𝖾𝗌𝗂𝗀𝗇𝖾𝗋 𝖲𝖾𝗈 𝖭𝗈é𝗆𝗂𝖾, 𝖿𝗂𝗇𝖽𝗌 𝗁𝖾𝗋𝗌𝖾𝗅𝖿 𝖾𝗆𝖻𝗋𝗈𝗂𝗅𝖾𝖽 𝗂𝗇 𝖺 𝗍𝗎𝗀-𝖺-𝗐𝖺𝗋 𝗐𝗂𝗍𝗁 𝗈𝗇𝖾 𝗈𝖿 𝖲𝗈𝗎𝗍𝗁 𝖪𝗈𝗋𝖾𝖺'𝗌 𝗆𝗈𝗌𝗍 𝖾𝗅𝗂𝗀𝗂𝖻𝗅𝖾 𝖻𝖺𝖼𝗁𝖾𝗅𝗈𝗋𝗌. 𝖧𝗈𝗍𝖾𝗅 𝖳𝗒𝖼𝗈𝗈𝗇 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖢𝖤𝖮, 𝖩𝗎𝗇𝗀 𝖩𝗂-𝗌𝖾𝗈𝗄,s𝗁𝖾 𝖼𝗈𝗎𝗅𝖽𝗇'𝗍 𝖻𝖾𝗅𝗂𝖾𝗏𝖾 𝗁𝖾𝗋 𝗆𝗂𝗌𝖿𝗈𝗋𝗍𝗎𝗇𝖾 𝗐𝗁𝖾𝗇, 𝖽𝗎𝖾 𝗍𝗈 𝖺 𝗅𝗂𝗍𝗍𝗅𝖾 𝗆𝗂𝗌𝗁𝖺𝗉, 𝗌𝗁𝖾 𝗐𝖺𝗌 𝖿𝗈𝗋𝖼𝖾𝖽 𝗍𝗈 𝗐𝗈𝗋𝗄 𝖺𝗌 𝖺 𝗆𝖺𝗂𝖽 𝗂𝗇 𝗁𝗂𝗌 𝗁𝗂𝗀𝗁-𝖾𝗇𝖽 𝗁𝗈𝗍𝖾𝗅 𝖽𝗎𝗋𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗁𝖾𝗋 𝗉𝗋𝖾𝖼𝗂𝗈𝗎𝗌 𝗐𝗈𝗋𝗄𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗏𝖺𝖼𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇, 𝗍𝗎𝗋𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗁𝖺𝗇𝖽𝗌𝗈𝗆𝖾 𝖢𝖤𝖮'𝗌 𝗅𝗂𝖿𝖾 𝗂𝗇𝗍𝗈 𝖺𝗇 𝗎𝗇𝖾𝗑𝗉𝖾𝖼𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝗋𝗈𝗅𝗅𝖾𝗋 𝖼𝗈𝖺𝗌𝗍𝖾𝗋 𝗋𝗂𝖽𝖾. 𝖶𝗁𝗈 𝗐𝗂𝗅𝗅 𝗉𝗋𝖾𝗏𝖺𝗂𝗅 𝗂𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗐𝖺𝗋 𝗈𝖿 𝗅𝗈𝗏𝖾? 𝖤𝗌𝗉𝖾𝖼𝗂𝖺𝗅𝗅𝗒 𝗐𝗁𝖾𝗇 𝗁𝗂𝗌 𝖻𝖾𝖺𝗎𝗍𝗂𝖿𝗎𝗅 𝗅𝗈𝗇𝗀-𝗍𝖾𝗋𝗆 𝗀𝗂𝗋𝗅𝖿𝗋𝗂𝖾𝗇𝖽, 𝖩𝖾𝗌𝗌𝗂𝖼𝖺 𝗋𝖾𝗍𝗎𝗋𝗇𝗌 𝖻𝖺𝖼𝗄 𝗂𝗇𝗍𝗈 𝗁𝗂𝗌 𝖺𝗋𝗆𝗌.

[A queer retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in modern day California.] Tate Parker and Alex Benitez are sworn enemies, but it's not a battle line they've drawn. As the sons of warring co-workers, the pair are destined to be at odds by association. With this comes inherited rumors and social stigmas that each is desperate to break. But when the opportunity arises, their newfound kinship threatens one's redemption by putting them in a situation where the rumor about them might become true. And for the other, he must choose which to sacrifice in the court of public opinion, his father or friend? Both come at the risk of driving their families to the brink of war. PS - Nobody has to die at the end. Yay. ©Copyright 2023 S J James

LIBERALITY    HUMILITY    KINDNESS     ABSTINENCE    CHASTITY     PATIENCE    DILIGENCE         The Seven Contrary Virtues. Each one protects us from a specific Deadly Sin. Together they save Mankind from damnation, dispelling the evil our sinning wreaks.         In the Age of Enlightenment, Mankind has discovered Genius. With two simple tests, not only can a person find out if they are a Genius, but they also will be told what they're a Genius at. Sometimes though, the first test results in a 'false positive,' where it can't be determined what kind of Genius the person is. These people are called Dots and, through some strange twist of fate, all the world hates Dots.         Hank is one such loser Dot, but others disagree. They think he's their Savior. An insidious battle is ensuing and, through a series of seven Light Novels, Hank assembles his Apostles--ardent followers who believe in him, and propel him towards his destiny.         He had better hurry. Bad Guys have a use for what they know Dots can do, and they'll stop at nothing to achieve their goal, even if it means killing millions of innocent people.         This doesn't concern Hank one bit. He'll cause the death of billions.         He has no other choice.         Read DOTS now, and find out how Hank somehow saves the world.

Thorn wants revenge for his brother's near death at the hands of a healer who turned them away. This leads to kidnapping, betrayal, and Kali running for her life. Aside from traditional "this is written by a horror writer" Warnings include; crushed bones, cannibalism, blood, death, an organ-eating moment, and taxidermy mention, this story also features emotional abuse and family trauma so tread with caution

In the heart of Tokyo, tucked away in a narrow alley, lies a mysterious bookstore that appears only to those in need. When Hiroki stumbles upon it, he is drawn into a world of ancient mysteries and mythical Japanese creatures. As Hiroki's senses adjusted to the surreal surroundings, he couldn't shake the feeling that he had stepped into a different realm altogether. The air was alive with whispers, and every rustle of leaves seemed to carry a message meant only for him. There were kitsune with fiery tails and mischievous grins, tanuki with bellies as round as the full moon, yokai and spirits of every shape and size.

My little book of poetry that mainly resonates with events in my life and just random poems too.

Ten years have passed since the demise of Banastre, and the Yuen Pack thrives under the leadership of the dictator's benevolent stepson, Oscar Yuen. With a flourishing community and accumulation of wealth, the Yuen Pack has become second only to the Alpha King. However, deep within the pack, there lies an overbearing fear. Despite being kind and attempting to amend his stepfather's past, Oscar always feels like he's living in the shadow of the monster. No matter what he does, he's always Banastre's son. When a murder occurs at the Pack Borders, killing two humans, Oscar is forced to seek help from the nearby, human-inhabited town of Bourdier, led by Mayor Lance Dafowick and home to many anti-werewolf settlers. Among those include Ananya Kaushikh, a disabled recruit for the police department. With her sunny attitude and optimism, she's a stark contrast to Oscar, though he's inexplicably drawn to her. As their feelings blossom amidst a world where werewolves and humans are meant to live separate lives, the murderer continues to run rampant through Bourdier, threatening the lives of many, but also inviting an underlying danger, one that had laid dormant for many years. Oscar and Ananya are forced to navigate their feelings through the return of their demons. Will they succeed in freeing themselves from the shadows they'd left behind? Will humans and werewolves make amends? Cover by AnnamitaMuscaria on Wattpad!

Some amateur poetry that lightens my heart =3

The world of Zenshou is vast, and the characters have their own lives outside of their individual stories. Short stories revolving around characters in the world including Kali, Spike, Thorn, and Thistle of The Sorceress's Murderous Companion, and soon to be other stories set in the world. Contains elements of body horror, eco horror, soft moments between characters, eventually a story about a pop up tea shop is in the works.

I have no memories of my mother. When I was little, I'd have dreams about her. But, unfortunately, I cannot remember much of the dreams anymore. My father doesn't talk about her, it's as if, even after all this time, the grief is still consuming him. Lost in his own grief, he locked away every trace of her & refused to speak of her with anyone. Because I had so few memories of her, I used to ask him about the woman we had both lost, but the old pain would simply overwhelm him anew and the last thing I wanted to do is hurt him any further, so I stopped asking. That was until a year ago, when I was searching the attic for treasure when I found a portrait of the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. My Mother. Her snow white skin, her blonde, almost a white platinum hair, her smile that seemed to light up the world around her, & my own blue eyes that reflected back at me. Now her face haunts my dreams. I knew that if my father saw it, he would hide it away, just like how he hides everything else. It feels like everything in my life is a secret. My mother, even my own relatives, this house that I was born in. But what scares me isn't the voices I hear at night when I'm trying to sleep. The faint whispers, calling out to me, calling for me. It's not even the feeling of eyes on me at all times, it's not even that my father doesn't believe me. What scares me is the notes I've started finding. - Aisha Stay tuned for a thrilling tale of Mystery, Vengeance, & Tragedy.

Welcome to Seacrest, where the residents have an average height of six-feet-why-are-we-still-counting inches. In this town, wolves howl in the dark of the woods every night, singing their songs of love and loss. Enter Alex Kavanaugh. She's your average teenager who is definitely not emo anymore (survey says that was a LIE), so what happens when her shopaholic mom from hell remarries and moves her to the small town where things are not so normal? The residents treat her like she's special when she's obviously an alien cosplaying a normal teenager, her four year old stepsister is obsessed with wolves and her illegally attractive jerk of a step brother hates her because he thinks she's a gold-digger, or a witch- or both. To top it all off she's started to fantasize about kissing him, a whole lot! Meanwhile her best friend Karma is left in Satin Ridge to figure out why her little sister Kaitlyn was so obsessed with the school's resident fuckboy, Ashton Fuller and even though she already has a boyfriend, she starts to develop an unhealthy obsession of her own in the form of Tyler Parish, the emo boy she never noticed—who rudely squeezes himself into the picture. The rumors say that Tyler is an undead vampire and the more Karma notices him, the more she wants to find out if those rumors are true. Besides, it couldn't hurt to go on one totally platonic date with your friendly neighborhood vampire. Right?

When eighteen year old Noah Walminster suddenly dies, the seemingly perfect Walminster family's reputation is thrust into jeopardy. Years of secrets, lies, betrayals, divisions and even abuse within the family, start to simmer as tensions begin to reach an all time high as the matriarch Iris Walminster attempts to ensure that issues don't escalate within the family, something which eighteen year old Persephone Walminster has suffered from too long and is longing to escape. One day, after an incredibly intense family altercation, Persephone decides to flee in the hopes of pursuing her dream to become a full time musician, where she comes across the mysterious Christian Everett, a man who is trying to re-establish his own purpose in life after the tragic and sudden death of his daughter. Will a traumatised and broken Persephone be able to find solace within Christian or will he be simply like the rest of her family and hurt her further?

“I don't want a mate,” I said, my heart aching as I lied to my soulmate. Zak’s eyes gleaned dangerously as he took a step forward, trapping me in his powerful embrace in one fluid motion. My pulse quickened, my face flush against his chest. “Liar,” he murmured, his voice a deep rumble. —--- Ashley Diamante is an Omega with a dark secret and an even darker past. After her abilities were stripped from her by the Royal Lycans in fear of her dangerous powers, she went into hiding from her old pack, struggling to live day by day for the sole purpose of revenge against the Royals. Her carefully laid plans are shattered when her pack Alpha's rebellious son pursues her as a mate. Desperate to not get tangled in pack politics once more, Ashley flees– only to find herself trapped in the clutches of the powerful Alpha Superior Zakariya Frost. Now bound to this dominant Alpha Lycan as her mate, Ashley has only one path left to regain her power; seduce Zakariya and use his status for her long-awaited revenge. Once her schemes are complete, she'll disappear from his life forever. But the dangerous Alpha has no intentions of letting his new mate escape so easily. Filled with high-stakes vengeance, smoldering romance, and aching betrayals, this intense tale of a Lycan follows one woman's fight to regain her power at any cost. *Updates Twice Daily*

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In a covert facility, Dr. Einar Fiske oversees experiments involving a mysterious chip implanted in a boy. As curious eyes within the facility seek to uncover the chip's secrets, one observer's fascination with the boy hints at a deeper, unspoken intrigue. That intrigue will end up being his problem that he never knew existed, until she walked in into that bar. Her world crumbled, the foundations of her beliefs fading away as she discovered a reality hidden in plain sight all along. The once-boy, now a man, is determined to rescue his mentor, his creator, at any cost. Forcing the girl to assist him, he begins to question not only his purpose but also the training that shaped him. An adventure lies ahead, laden with challenges waiting to be faced. However, as they embark on their quest for truth, can they overcome the hurdles that stand in their way? While he relentlessly pursues his mentor, she reluctantly seeks the truth, both entwined in an unforeseen adventure that will test them.

**The fates of a barista, a dancing criminal, and a deadly stranger become tangled in a world where the apocalypse is old news** All Mads Capot wants to do is run her coffee shop in peace and to be able to pay her bills until the next wave of intragalactic tourists arrives. But when a mysterious green-eyed stranger walks into the shop and seems to be the answer to all her problems, she's immediately skeptical. And her instincts have always been good . . . Luc is mysterious and adaptable, a drifter with a dark past and a score to settle with one of the galaxy's most infamous criminals. When he crosses paths with Mads, he inadvertently draws her into a complicated world of outlaws, renegades, and ancient curses existing on the fringe of a destroyed world. Can they put aside their differences to survive, or will they end up as two more nameless corpses? CW: PG13 level violence, language, sexual themes, and vague mentions of past abuse, etc

||Book 1 of the TRIBE Chronicles Series.|| <<At the dawn of retribution, his true legacy begins.>> Traumatized by the events of a tragic past, a young teenager, David Blaze, must find traces of his family murderers. Modred, a powerful sorcerer from the occult called the 'Chaos Force,' tries every means to stop David, aiming to retrieve a relic called the 'Map of Mysteries' and then, silence the latter for good. However, the heated events that unfolds afterward will ultimately set David on a solemn journey to seek what he truly wants.

In the wake of her husband's mysterious demise, journalist Sara Dutch embarks on a relentless quest for truth, aided by her steadfast colleague, Rayan. As they delve deep into the shadows of deception, their journey becomes a perilous dance with danger. Amidst the shattered promises of a life cut short, Sara discovers fragments of Leon's secret past, hidden like pieces of a fractured puzzle waiting to be assembled. With every revelation, the line between the living and the departed blurs, and she must confront the remnants of her once-secure reality, where the past and present converge in a delicate dance of fate. Prepare to be captivated by a tale where secrets linger in the whispers of the dead, and the answer to one question may unlock a universe of enigma: Do you believe in ghosts?

Meera Rajput knows what she needs in life, and a boyfriend isn't one of them. Between struggling to pay rent and reining her sex-crazed little sister, Meera doesn't need any more complications in her life. So when her visiting cousin, Riya, suggests that a chance interview with billionaire Ezra Agent can lead to something more, Meera pays no heed to her teasing, knowing that her relationship with Ezra will never pass professional lines. She can blush and dream about it all she wants, but there's no way that her dream will ever be a reality... Or so she thinks. When a chance interaction at her graduation brings Meera to the realization that Ezra is undoubtedly interested in her, she's not sure what to think. He's rich, handsome, and the kindest man that she's ever met, but falling in love with Ezra brings back Meera's physical insecurities, as well as other issues. Without Riya's support, Meera finds herself getting strangled with the daily tasks of a new graduate. Add in a new family member, a lawsuit, and a death, can Meera lift her head and face the new challenges? Or will she hide from them, just as she's always had, and lose the one good thing that's ever happened to her?

This story is about Bella, a freshman at Oakwood university full of hope to start a new life full of excitement till she meets Lacy, the calm and shy boy who will change her life to Hell. The story follow her and how she deals with the situations that gets thrown to her by the people she met.

When Iolla Kecky makes water levitate during a Chemistry lesson, her innocent life as a student is smashed into smithereens. Unbeknownst to her, she was experimented on as a child, and it's related to her unusual eye colours. To make matters worse, not only was the successful result of the experiment leaked, there is a bounty of 5 million dollars for the capture of all seemingly random five teenagers who took the dose, in order to remove the cell from their bodies and sell it at a black market auction. The only way to save themselves is if they all work together. Except not everyone is on board, and a dangerous enemy is picking them off. The only person who can help them is the person that did this to them to begin with. If they don't, their powers will get out of control, and they risk assassins around the world acquiring their powers and using it to cause chaos. Turns out, ending up as stew in the black market is only the tip of the iceberg.

For what reason does one wake up every day? People had always thought the life of ISAAC RUIZ couldn't be more perfect. Everything he wanted, he would get with his money and influence. What anyone didn't know was his real motivation to keep on living -- something that was silly for others, but a salvation for him. For office employee FLORENCE VILLENA, there was no longer any meaning to his existence. Nothing could fill the void he had been experiencing inside him anymore, and he was convinced the world was better off without him in it. At 28 years old, LAURENCE VILLEGAS had a lot of reasons to wish to just sleep forever. Since losing his home and family, the universe had rarely been kind to him. And yet, he chose to survive, time and again, if only for the hope of seeing his life get a little better. On Friday the thirteenth of January 2023, fates began to entangle as Laurence died, Florence killed himself, and Isaac lost his reason to live. Nine months after the incidents, a new dawn fell upon those three lives when a dead man's soul reawakened in someone else's body. Set in a fictional Asian City called Perlientas. Mature topics: deaths, including self-killing (actual scene not depicted), mental health and other social issues

Esme feared one thing: being captured as a thief by the city's guardsmen and executed for her crimes. Her worry was so ingrained that she increased her risks by being distracted in the middle of a heist. That's when she runs into Althalos Fourthborn: Inner Circle Guardsman, one of the many princes of the realm, an Aelif (Dark Elf, local dialect)...and her betrothed by treaty. (That was something her almost human mind could not handle.) She calls off the heist, gets demoted into a far more risky job, learns the true bitter depth of what this treaty's bond is like, and lands safely by her prince's side....sort of. There were people who still wanted her dead, even if she was in what most people would call a Happily Ever After. That and her prince had his own living fears that were gnawing at any chance they had. And with her old fear in the past, she might just lose her mind from everyday tedium. But the one she couldn't wrap her all-too human mind around was that she would one day grow wings and fly away from her almost Happily Ever After to live in a hive with ancestors more alien than a hottie with pointed ears and abandonment issues. ~~~ This story is dedicated to my mother. Grappling with her death pushed me into writing, and this is the first results of that grief.

Kolo's life didn't end when the masked hunter caught her. It began anew. He was a disciple of the lost Iron God, whose power once kept the world alive. Now, she is too. With the whisper of this strange god in her heart and everyone looking to her for a miracle, she could build a new world...or a new hell.

Welcome, monsters, to the inaugural issue of Notes in the Margins of Nightmares, a zine written/edited by T.L. Bodine. Step inside for a taste of dark fiction, an exploration of horror history, writing advice, and more...

Vicar Andrews is avoiding his brother's funeral by hiding upstairs in the family house, rifling through the boxes that will inevitably go to an estate sale, when he discovers a journal far too old to be his brother's. Possessed by curiosity and eagre for the distraction from the guests he's supposed to console, Vicar finds himself lost in the world of the journal's owner, Winn Peterson - a resident at his very house one hundred years ago. As he loses himself in her increasingly disturbing recollection of events within the house, the similarities between their situations grow to an incoincidental degree. The sudden appearance of the doctor in both Winn's life and his late brother's, as well as the rapid decline of their respective states of health, prove a worrying trend in the dark history of the Andrews Estate. Battling the traumatic memories of his own turbulent past, Vicar begins to suspect that the connection between his brother's death and the unfortunate fate of Winn Peterson are tied together by something far more sinister than a suspicious doctor. A story travelling through time, memories, and diary entries

The gates of Hell have been opened, and now the Beasts spill forth. THE REINCARNTED SOUL Ira Rule can't stop dying. It's not his fault. All mortals die. The only oddity is that he keeps coming back. He's appeared again, determined to kill the Greater Demon that got him in this mess. THE CURSED BOY Melchior Brisbane expects to die. The smell of his blood attracts monsters. The prophecy he was raised for requires his sacrifice. The odds aren't on his side--and the Beasts coming from Hell have caught his scent. THE THIRD PRINCE of Hell Beelzebub has been hearing rumors. Someone has torn a gate into the barrier between Earth and Hell, and for some reason, the Progeny suspects him. But if he didn't do it, who did? The Soul, The Cursed, The Prince, The Gate; and The Prophecy that ties them all together.

Lost, without hope and without family, Austin's life turns upside down when he learns that magical creatures, especially werewolves exist after he sells himself to one of them is his mate, Jason, hesitant, he starts a new life with him but things get dangerous when he starts to learn more about himself.

In a society where the government rules with an iron fist, a rebellion named the Underworld stepped up to fight against their wrongdoings. After months of raiding, the Underworld found the government's darkest secret; Parasytes. These parasites, dubbed Parasytes, after latching on to a capable host grants the host superhuman-like abilities, though the threat of them completely taking over is a constant possibility. Duoed with these parasytes, the fight against the government began to reach a crescendo, however, with the government endorsing elite superhuman teams of their own and parasyte savvy tech, the battle is yet to be won. Follow Alard, whose family fell victim to the government's system as he seeks vengeance. Will he survive merging with a rare parasyte and end the government's tyranny as an agent of the Underworld? Only one way to find out.

In 2030, a man claimed to have risen from hell and when met with skepticism showed off magical abilities he called the Inquisitor spark. Now, in the year 2060, the world has changed drastically as the decades have progressed and the blessing of the Inquisitor spark is more commonplace. Governments have developed draconian laws and taxes that have left the society impoverished. Thanks to nobles and high-ranking officials blessed with Inquisitor sparks, they are able to rule their people with an iron fist. However, people born with Inquisitor sparks have made robbing banks a sport in response, complete with apps made for financing fans after successful heists. Enter Kian, codenamed Scarlet Hood. He's a B-list robber who focuses on effectiveness and no risk-taking in his heists. So, when he's approached to join a coup designed to bring back stability to the world will he take the risk? Or stay content targeting easy marks?

The youngest son in an old aristocratic family, Charles d'Artois, sick and tired of the mundanity of his life, murders his abusive father. Inheriting his ancestral titles and marrying into the prestigious House de Rohan, Charles is thrust into the heights of an aristocratic society where his social station should be secure. However, his introverted and aloof demeanor, couple with rumors of mental instability caused by a past marred by violence and loss, he finds himself a pariah among his peers. Desperate to reclaim his lost dignity and gain control, embracing the role society has given him, he orchestrates a calculated smear campaign against himself to instill fear and respect into the hearts of those who scorned him. But facades come with a price in a world where perception is reality. Just as he believes himself secure, Charles's estranged brother resurfaces, threatening to unravel everything he worked hard to achieve. As his reputation spirals out of his control, the lines between truth and fiction blur, and the consequences of his actions become increasingly dire, Charles's carefully crafted image crumbles as he finds himself trapped in a world of intrigue and betrayal that he no longer can control.

Conjure a demon to catch a killer? That's Appalachian witch Ellie's last remaining hope to solve a two year old cold case that haunts her nightmares. She's still grieving her late fiancé, but the few Boone residents that don't think she killed him herself have given up on finding the murderer. Kazerin, on the other hand, is not prepared for what awaits him when he answers Ellie's request. He's used to bargaining for lust or power, not closure, and he's a little nervous about what feelings stir up the longer he's around Ellie. Their feelings only entangle further the longer that Kaz stays in town, pretending to be Ellie's new fiancé as a cover for investigating the murder. Follow Ellie and Kaz in an alternate history where Others-- demons, vampires, angels, shifters, and many more beings-- roam the earth, magic is alive and burning bright, and blood runs deeper than just our ancestry. BLOOD BARGAIN is Book #1 in the Appalachian Magic companion book series. Each story can be read as a standalone, but some characters and locations recur.

Derrick Mason's passion has been basketball for as long as he can remember, but as a high school senior, he's only ranked three stars and his dreams of playing proper minutes at a higher level are in jeopardy. Or so it seemed. After being invited to Mr. Preston's Invitational where the highest-ranked and most promising high schoolers attend a basketball tournament camp, Derrick sees a golden opportunity to get on the college radar. However, piling a talented team of strangers together creates complications. Who would've thought? It's up to him as the point guard to build chemistry and win some games, all while not being too distracted by an interesting female reporter who's caught his eye. So much for three-star difficulty.

Everett Donovan and his wife, Dahlia recently suffered a major loss, their baby daughter, Nora died from pneumonia. It's a struggle for all your of them. But their thirteen year old son, Kyle, seems to feel it most of all. Wanting to get away from everything, Everett takes his grief stricken family away for several weeks during the summer to an old, abandoned house. Things seem to start getting better, until one night, Kyle mentions the girl in the house. Neither Everett or Dahlia believe him until they see the girl themselves. Suddenly, strange events start happening, doors opening and closing by themselves. Stuff disappearing and returning in odd places. And sometimes, the girl starts crying because she wants her parents. Everett, Dahlia and Kyle realize that they have to discover the truth of the girl's mysterious death and help her move on. WARNING THIS STORY DEALS WITH INFANT DEATH AND FRIGHTENING IMAGES, CHILD DEATH AND ALCOHOLISM.

Trapped in the cursed confines of Willow Manor, a group of friends finds themselves thrust into a nightmarish journey across time and space. Emily, Sarah, Michael, Olivia, Thomas, Daniel, and Rachel must unravel the mysteries of the manor and confront malevolent forces from the past to secure their freedom. As they navigate through different eras, they uncover dark secrets, face terrifying entities, and forge unexpected alliances. With time running out and danger lurking at every turn, they must rely on their friendship and courage to break the curse that binds them to Willow Manor before it's too late. Will they uncover the truth and find a way back to their own time, or will they be forever trapped in the darkness of Willow Manor?

This is a club for people who suffer from some form of anxiety! It can come from anything, whether it be stress, OCD, ADHD, Autism, phobias, etc. or even everyday problems. If you have anxiety or stress, this is the book for you!!! It will be a vent/rant/help book to share experiences in the comments and to find like people and to know you're not alone! Open to advice and suggestions! Cover by @winteringpages- This book is created by me, Ashley Griffith. I own this story, no one has the rights to copy and use the ideas without MY permission. I do not condone people stealing other people's work!

The Goddess of Youth learns that trusting a Trickster comes at a heavy price. *** To be the Goddess of Eternal Youth is to be the most important among the Aesir. But it can sometimes be a tedious existence. Enticed by her friend, the Trickster-God Loki, Iduna dares to leave the Realm of Asgard and descends to Midgard, where only mortals dwell. She arrives amidst preparations of a spectacular feast and is drawn into the merriment. Then, she meets the mysterious and charming Thomas. He is unlike anyone she has ever met before, and is overwhelmed by him. Yet, as the last stroke of midnight nears, she realizes that Thomas may not at all be as he appears. ©2022 Lorraine Tramain. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic methods, without the author's prior written permission. This book can only be found on Kerning until further notice.

A battle-hardened war hero embarks on a perilous quest to cleanse the streets of Paris of a sinister threat. *** Captain Phoebus de Chateaupers returns home after years of war to find Paris in a state of fear and the girl he was supposed to marry horribly slain. By order of the highest official and driven by a vow of vengeance, he sets out to dispose of the demon prowling the city at night and its masters. But as the decorated Captain and his loyal cyborg-squire venture into the ever-growing mystery surrounding the fiendish killer, the creatures known only from legend and the very facade of Notre-Dame awaken. The line between monster and man blurs as there is more to this demon than Phoebus was led to believe, and the question arises - what is the true terror haunting Paris?

A most unlikely pair is matched by the Queen of the Faeries. Can their love stop the strife that holds fair Verona in its grasp and keep the shadow of Death at bay? *** Two households both alike in dignity. In fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-crossed lovers are ripped from mortal life. 'Tis not the tale of Romeo and Juliet I tell to thee. For another pair of hearts weigh equally as heavy in strife and sorrow, if not more. One, determined to protect his fair cousin and House Capulet, the other, swept away by princely duty yet bound by friendship with House Montague. In the space betwixt, they meet where none exist but them. Where none know the love they bear for one another. Alas, love alone cannot save them. Mayhaps the mischievous sprite and fairy Queen who opened their hearts upon a Midsummer's night can. Yet Death lurks. And her song beckons more than one ill-fated heart.

In music, we find solace. We find strength. Our voices soar. "Our heart song is the voice you hear inside, who you truly are." - from the movie 'Happy Feet.' In stories, we find escape. We find dreams. Our minds soar. "Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams." - Neil Gaiman. Each of the following stories, varying between fairy tale, fantasy, and drama, is based on and inspired by the music and lyrics of the wonderful upcoming Belgian symphonic metal band Worlds Beyond. Do not expect a happy ending on all of these, for that is not in my nature.

Alena Fleur has her dream job. Smart, confident, beautiful—she was everything. She was the COO of the Storm Dynamics. But only one particular problem, or more like a person, made her life hell, and that person was her rude boss, Elian Storm. Elian Storm, the CEO of the Storm Dynamics, kept a dark aura around him all the time; as if someone stabbed his heart and he could never move on. Everyone feared him, except his COO, who ended up earning a special spot in his heart despite their regular bickering. However, one unfortunate night revealed Elian’s side business to Alena. How would Alena handle herself after learning the boss she used to argue with was actually a ruthless mafia leader in the underworld?

What happens when the school's popular yet bad boy gets paired up with the school's outcast. The girl who's father is the town's preacher. The girl who doesn't cuss or party. The school's obedient yet smart girl. Will they figure out who the other one truly is under their masks? Will they form a friendship? Will they form a relationship? Or when the assignment is complete, go their separate ways like they never spent the last semester together almost every day. Katie Adler lives in a small town called Florence. The town has roughly three hundred people. Katie is the school 'freak' as everyone calls her. Her father is the town's only preacher. That alone makes her a freak to everyone at school. She doesn't have any friends which again makes her the freak. She never skips school, always has great grades, never back talks teachers, doesn't cause any problems; which again makes her the freak of the school. She's the perfect good girl. But, she holds a very dark secret. Only her father and God knows what it is. Hayden Huxley is the school's popular yet bad boy. He's always causing trouble wherever he goes. He skips almost all his classes. He fights with anyone, bullies who ever his heart desires. His grades are slipping semester by semester. But, when he does one mistake, he ends up paired with Katie on a project. The project lasts the whole semester and both their grades depend on his performance. How will these two manage to communicate without lashing out?

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Sarah Kennedy's life has fallen to pieces. Her family is broken, she's growing apart from her only friend, and it's been a while since she's stopped dreaming about anything better. She embarks on a trip to Latin America, joining a retreat she hopes will mend her dwindling friendship and escape her miserable day-to-day life. Bad turns to worse, and her hopes are shattered when she is kidnapped by a cartel. While her life is miraculously spared, she's kept captive by a daunting and narcissistic drug lord, Pablo. As his obsession with her grows, so do his favors and promises. Sarah soon finds herself in a gilded cage, living a life more lavish than anything she's ever imagined. But all that glitters isn't gold, and this luxury has a price. If Sarah wants to escape the violent, treacherous, and cocaine-fueled world of cartels, she'll have to fight the demons that keep her captive, as well as the monsters in her head, armed with nothing but a dry sense of humor and a fragile strength. But as she and Pablo both know- it's a long journey home when you don't have any home to go to.

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