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Accidental Witch, Final Episode

Monday, April 11th, 2016
It’s a brand new story from the Sexy Scribblers!

The Sexy Scribblers is a group of 14 authors who create short stories for your reading pleasure.

To find out more about us, check out our mission and who we are on my Sexy Scribblers page.

Need to catch up? Read the previous episodes first.

Episode One * Episode Two  * Episode Three * Episode Four * Episode Five * Episode 6 * Episode 7

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Episode Eight

By Lena Hart

 

Mary’s heart dropped at the sight of the dark shadows looming over the Pastry Bitch like menacing claws. They swooped down sharply, and she jumped out of her seat.

“Stop!”

The shadows instantly fell away like a black drape, disintegrating into dust. Stirling pulled her back down to her seat as a hush whisper began to travel through the crowd at her sudden outburst.

Mary ignored the curious gazes and rounded on her date. “Why did you do that?”

Stirling cocked a brow. “That was not me, love. That darkness manifested from you.”

What was he talking about? She didn’t have darkness in her. She was a good person—she just didn’t like to be walked all over. Or accused of doing something she hadn’t.

“How…”

“It appears you hold more power than you realize, Mary.” He smirked. “And you’re more vindictive than you think.”

She stared at him then down at her hands, incredulous. “You’re crazy if you’re saying what I think you’re saying…”

“And what is it that you think I’m saying?”

“That I’m a…witch?”

“A very unseasoned one, but you’ll learn.”

Mary’s heart began to race at what he’d just confirmed. Did she really contain that kind of magic in her?

“And once you grow into your own, you’ll find your path.”

“My path to what?”

“The dark or the light.”

“You mean I’m either going to be good or evil?”

“More or less.”

She shook her head. “I don’t want to be wicked, but I can’t let the Pastry Bitch get away with ruining my career.”

“You want revenge, then take it.”

“I want to have her hair fall out. I want ants to come pouring out of her chocolate soufflé. I don’t want to actually kill her.”

“You can do all of that and more, love.” Stirling leaned back in his seat and assessed her quietly. “But will any of that satisfy you?”

Yes.

Mary glanced at where the Pastry Bitch stood at the far end of the room, admiring her work as the attendants began to serve her popular dessert to the guests. Mary should have been standing there, too. She’d put in just as much work into this function to make it a success, and that moment of glory had been taken from her.

But looking around the room, it was hard not to let the delight from the guests lift her spirits. She may not get the acknowledgement for it, but she would take pleasure in knowing that she’d been a part of putting those smiles on these people’s faces.

Mary sighed in resignation. To hell with the Pastry Bitch. She would let karma take this one.

“If I have to be a witch,” Mary murmured, “I prefer not to be a green one.”

Stirling chuckled. “I can see you’ve watched too many movies. Witches are actually quite attractive.” He winked at her. “Exceptionally so.”

Mary’s eyes widened. “You’re a—” She didn’t bother completing the sentence. Of course he was a witch. He’d practically told on himself with his impossible good looks—and that blood pen he kept in his pocket. “So are you a good witch or a bad one?”

“What do you think?” he asked, taking a sip of his champagne.

Mary tilted her head to the side. “I don’t know. I have a feeling you’re only good when it suits you…”

“You’re very perceptive. That’s a useful trait to have with your kind of power.”

“Can you teach me to be a good witch?”

He carefully placed his glass down then lovingly ran the pad of his thumb over her cheek. She trembled from the delicate touch.

“I can teach you a lot of things, love. And I plan to. But goodness is as innate as it is subjective. Goodness is having the power to steal every soul in this room but choosing not to.”

She stared at him blankly. “You can do that? Steal souls?”

“Yes.” His dark eyes flashed brilliantly. He leaned down and lightly brushed his lips across hers. “But I’d rather steal your heart.”

As he deepened the kiss, Mary lost herself in his embrace. In that moment, she forgot about everything—and everyone—and concentrated only on Stirling Drake and the sensuous spell he casted with his lips.

The End!

 

Watch for the next exciting story to come from the pens of the Sexy Scribblers!

Salacious & Intoxicating – Two Collections from Secret Hungers

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Now Available from Secret Hungers

Two New Collections

 

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A boxset, sure to satisfy contemporary BDSM, ménage and MM lovers, written by eight bestselling and award-winning erotic romance authors.

 

 

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Michele Bardsley – NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author
Frisky Business (Frisky Romance #1)
BDSM Romance

Cynthia Sax -USA Today Bestselling Author
Seducing My Billionaire Boss
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Renee George – USA Today Bestselling Author
The Dirty Martini
MM Erotic Romance

Renea Mason – Amazon Bestselling & Award-winning Author
Curing Doctor Vincent (The Good Doctor, Book #1)
Winner – Shameless Book Club Awards – Most Original Plot
Ménage Erotic Romance

Erzabet Bishop – Amazon Bestselling & Award-winning Author
Red Hot (A Sapphire Club Masquerade Novella)
BDSM Erotic Romance

Blakely Bennett – Amazon Bestselling Author
Stuck In Between (Bound by Your Love)
Ménage Erotic Romance

Emma Nichols – Amazon Bestselling Author
Sin At Sea (A Sinful Series Novel)
Ménage Erotic Romance

Anne Lange – Amazon Bestselling & Award-winning Author
Blind Taste Test
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 A boxset, sure to satisfy erotic romance lovers, written by seven contemporary romance authors.

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author2

 

Rochelle Paige – Amazon Bestselling Author
Sucked Into Love
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Carlie Sexton
The Only One For Her
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Lexi Ostrow – Amazon Bestselling and Award-winning Author
Cop Shot
Contemporary Erotic Thriller

Fiona Murphy
A Favor
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Kassandra Wylde
One Summer
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Mariah Kingsley – Amazon Bestselling Author
When Forever Ends (The Maxwell Series, Book 1)
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Evelyn Aster
Masked Hearts (Book 1 in the Holiday Cafe Series)
Contemporary Holiday Erotic Romance

 

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Secret Hungers Presents: Salacious and Intoxicating

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Salacious and Intoxicating Preorder

Secret Hungers Presents:

Salacious

Salacious
A boxset, sure to satisfy contemporary BDSM, ménage and MM lovers, written by eight bestselling and award-winning erotic romance authors.

 

Meet the Author2

 

Michele Bardsley – NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author
Frisky Business (Frisky Romance #1)
BDSM Romance

Cynthia Sax -USA Today Bestselling Author
Seducing My Billionaire Boss
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Renee George – USA Today Bestselling Author
The Dirty Martini
MM Erotic Romance

Renea Mason – Amazon Bestselling & Award-winning Author
Curing Doctor Vincent (The Good Doctor, Book #1)
Winner – Shameless Book Club Awards – Most Original Plot
Ménage Erotic Romance

Erzabet Bishop – Amazon Bestselling & Award-winning Author
Red Hot (A Sapphire Club Masquerade Novella)
BDSM Erotic Romance

Blakely Bennett – Amazon Bestselling Author
Stuck In Between (Bound by Your Love)
Ménage Erotic Romance

Emma Nichols – Amazon Bestselling Author
Sin At Sea (A Sinful Series Novel)
Ménage Erotic Romance

Anne Lange – Amazon Bestselling & Award-winning Author
Blind Taste Test
Ménage Erotic Romance

 

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 A boxset, sure to satisfy erotic romance lovers, written by seven contemporary romance authors.

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author2

 

Rochelle Paige – Amazon Bestselling Author
Sucked Into Love
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Carlie Sexton
The Only One For Her
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Lexi Ostrow – Amazon Bestselling and Award-winning Author
Cop Shot
Contemporary Erotic Thriller

Fiona Murphy
A Favor
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Kassandra Wylde
One Summer
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Mariah Kingsley – Amazon Bestselling Author
When Forever Ends (The Maxwell Series, Book 1)
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Evelyn Aster
Masked Hearts (Book 1 in the Holiday Cafe Series)
Contemporary Holiday Erotic Romance

 

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AVAILABLE JANUARY 12!

A Year in Review and What’s Up Next! #amwriting

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a wonderful evening ringing in 2016! I had a quiet one at home with my family while I baked all kinds of things banana. Yup, I had a bunch of bananas go beyond the eating with cereal stage and had to become creative in the kitchen so I wasn’t forced to toss them in the trash. So I now have 8 mini banana loaves, 1 banana cake and 1 banana/cranberry loaf.

So, 2015 is long gone. A memory. But it was an exciting year. Not only did we welcome a new member to our family, our Chocolate Lab, Lily, who is now over a year old, I also started a new day job in the fall which is keeping me very busy.  But I also had many writing related achievements.  And it feels really good for only being officially in this playing field for three years now.

  • Friends with Benefits came out in print in January! My very first book in print. What a feeling that was.
  • In February The Perfect Moment come out as part of the Valentine’s Heat IV This novella is a follow-up to Friends with Benefits.
  • I had my very first book signing at Romancing the Capital in Ottawa! And it was a huge success which I hope to repeat this year. What an awesome feeling to have somebody become excited to meet you and have you sign their book.
  • I made PAN (the Published Authors Network) with RWA.
  • Blind Taste Test came in June as part of the very successful Just Desserts Collection from Secret Hungers.
  • In July I had two releases, The Final Quarter, the 2nd book in A New League Series and Wicked Indulgence, the next book in The Vault Series.
  • A New League Vol 1 came out in print which contains both Sliding into Home and The Final Quarter.
  • I created my Fan Group and my very own Street Team

My real success came with my stories placing or winning in contests this year, the very first time I’ve entered. Friends with Benefits placed 2nd in the Passionate Plume Contest. Sliding into Home won the Book Buyer’s Best Contest and Hers to Own won the NERFA Contest (National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award) and took 2nd in the Book Buyers Best. All three were finalists in other contests, including the Golden Quill and the BDSM Golden Flogger Award. This recognition alone made my year.

This was also the year for meeting and collaborating with some wonderfully talented authors. The Sexy Scribblers, where I’m one of 14 authors, came together about mid-way through the year with an idea to create short stories, one episode at a time. Each story is between 3000 to 10000 words and all are FREE reads. We come from different genres, different parts of the world, and have different publishing experiences. Our stories are not pre-plotted. We have no idea how each story will begin, develop or end. We don’t even know what genre it will be. Each author is assigned an episode, and we never know where it’s going to go. So far, we’ve written 7 stories, 3 of which are themed around the holidays. I can’t wait to discover the stories we’ll create this year. 🙂

So what’s coming for 2016?

th7XMQCIINWell, in some respects I need and want to revisit some of the things I used to do and really enjoyed, like weekend snippets, but then drew away from when other activities became overwhelming and I had to pick where to spend my time. My day job will definitely have an impact on my writing life. So, I also need to re-evaluate my writing plan to develop something more realistic. But I still plan to release at least 4 brand new stories this year, in addition to the free reads coming from the Sexy Scribblers.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store for 2016:

  • Blind Taste Test is part of Salacious, a new collection of previously written stories from Secret Hungers currently available for pre-order and being released on Jan 12.
  • Hers to Own will be coming out in print later this month. I’ve received the printing rights back, so watch for a brand new look on this one when it’s released.
  • Her Choice, my first solely self-pubbed book will be coming soon. I had to post-pone this one from a 2015 release, but it’s being moved back to the front burner very shortly. Release Date Spring 2016
  • Who’s The Boss, Gabe McBride’s story in The Vault Series is with the publisher! Release Date TBA., but I’m hoping for early summer.
  • Scoring in Overtime, the next in A New League Series, will be completed. Release Date TBA.
  • The next ménage story in The Vault Series, will probably be released later in 2016. I’ll be starting this one any day now.
  • I hope to receive the rights back to Worth the Risk, my very first story published any day now. I want to expand and re-release this story in the coming year in both e-book and print.
  • I plan to begin at least one of my many series I have lined up. These will all be self-published projects. One will include a holiday story for next December that I’m really excited about.
  • I’m working on a secret project with the Sexy Scribblers! We are VERY excited about this. You’ll hear more about it later this year as we work out the details.
  • I’m having a brand new website designed that I’m absolutely thrilled with. Watch for a brand new look to come soon that blends the old with the new.
  • AND, I plan to write every single day. This is actually very hard to do when so many other things in life are happening. I’m not even going to set a word limit because I know I’ll also be busy with editing as well. I simply want to know I’ve created new words each day for whichever story I’m working on – beginning TODAY!

So that’s a look at my upcoming schedule. How about yours? What’s your plans for 2016?

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AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!! Secret Hungers Presents: Salacious & Intoxicating

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Salacious and Intoxicating Preorder

Secret Hungers Presents:

SalaciousSalacious
A boxset, sure to satisfy contemporary BDSM, ménage and MM lovers, written by eight bestselling and award-winning erotic romance authors.

 

 

 

Michele Bardsley – NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author
Frisky Business (Frisky Romance #1)
BDSM Romance

Cynthia Sax -USA Today Bestselling Author
Seducing My Billionaire Boss
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Renee George – USA Today Bestselling Author
The Dirty Martini
MM Erotic Romance

Renea Mason – Amazon Bestselling & Award-winning Author
Curing Doctor Vincent (The Good Doctor, Book #1)
Winner – Shameless Book Club Awards – Most Original Plot
Ménage Erotic Romance

Erzabet Bishop – Amazon Bestselling & Award-winning Author
Red Hot (A Sapphire Club Masquerade Novella)
BDSM Erotic Romance

Blakely Bennett – Amazon Bestselling Author
Stuck In Between (Bound by Your Love)
Ménage Erotic Romance

Emma Nichols – Amazon Bestselling Author
Sin At Sea (A Sinful Series Novel)
Ménage Erotic Romance

Anne Lange – Amazon Bestselling & Award-winning Author
Blind Taste Test
Ménage Erotic Romance

 

Purchase the Book

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IntoxicatingIntoxicating
A boxset, sure to satisfy erotic romance lovers, written by seven contemporary romance authors.

 

 

 

 

Rochelle Paige – Amazon Bestselling Author
Sucked Into Love
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Carlie Sexton
The Only One For Her
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Lexi Ostrow – Amazon Bestselling and Award-winning Author
Cop Shot
Contemporary Erotic Thriller

Fiona Murphy
A Favor
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Kassandra Wylde
One Summer
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Mariah Kingsley – Amazon Bestselling Author
When Forever Ends (The Maxwell Series, Book 1)
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Evelyn Aster
Masked Hearts (Book 1 in the Holiday Cafe Series)
Contemporary Holiday Erotic Romance

Purchase the Book

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