Dawn To Dark Anthology




Title: Dawn to Dark Anthology
Authors: Various
Publisher: Vixen Publishing
Genre: Fairytale Retellings
Release Date: March 30, 2019



Blurb

Vixen Publishing Presents: “Dawn to Dark”

I’m sure you’ve heard the tales, we all have, but you’ve never heard them quite like this…

Seven authors bring your seven nail-biting stories. From a dark and twisted Rapunzel to a modern retelling of Cinderella, these authors will have you enthralled and howling for more.

Halston James retells Beauty and the Beast with a twist. “Out of the Woods” has a touch of urban fantasy and a healthy dose of paranormal romance that’ll have you turning the pages, ravenous for more.


Sonya Jesus will capture you with her dark contemporary retelling of the Little Mermaid in “Part of His World.” Follow Ari as she defies her father’s strict rules to be part of Derrick’s life.


Suzan Lee has re-written a Grimm brothers classic, Snow White and Rose Red in her young adult, contemporary “Witching Woods.” With magic and malevolence strolling hand in hand, you’ll be left guessing right until the end.


Kelsie Rae is best known for her sweet contemporary romances, and her version of Aladdin is no different. “The Hack”is a modern twist on a Disney favorite. One girl who prays for freedom. One man who craves a different life. One hacker with the power to change their stars. Three wishes. No turning back.


Take a step on the seductive side with Angharad Thompson Ree’s gothic horror retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. A paranormal romance meets psychological thriller, “Moon Bitten” is a story that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.


K.Z. Riley has written “Arabella”, a beautiful young adult love story where you’re more likely to find soccer boots than glass slippers. Follow Arabella on her journey of finding herself, discovering love and overcoming fear.


If you think you know the story of Rapunzel, think again. Courtney Shockey’s twisted tale is about a queen who looks far more innocent than she actually is. Bring her silk or priceless gifts, and she’ll seal your fate with a sweet, gentle kiss.








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Excerpt

“Moon Bitten” by Angharad Thompson Rees

I pull the hood of my red cape over my head, concealing myself against the gust of frigid winds biting with ice and spite. The skies hold the promise of more snow to come. He does not let go of my hand. And it’s not the snow concerning him.
“Blaxton,” I say—his name as sweet as honey on my recently-kissed lips. “Do not concern yourself. It is but a short walk through the woods, and yes, I promise to stay on the tracks.”
I raise an eyebrow, threatening him to contradict me. But he should know my penchant for wandering and losing myself. That’s how we met—deep within the woods in the first days of spring, when frost thawed atop the lake and his green eyes melted ice from my nervous heart.
He pulls me into his chest, his body warm against my own, tempting me to stay. Tempting me to never leave. I melt into him, lips hot as the first flakes of snow dance from the sky.
“Blaxton, no,” I say, pulling myself away with reluctance. The space between his heart and mine gapes as if the very universe could fill the hole. “I have to get back to Grandma, you know I do.”
His face drops at her mention. Grandma despises him despite his soft features, warm honey eyes and sweet, crooked smile. Though I suspect her hatred is aimed more at the threat he will steal me from her. Just as her daughter, my mother, was stolen so many years ago I can no longer picture her face. But that was different. Mother did not fall in love as I have. She was taken…
By wolves.
A perfectly timed howl echoes across the valley, carried along the land muted by snow. Blaxton raises his own eyebrow at the beast’s call and I laugh. An empty tin-like sound of hollow mirth and creeping fear.
“I’ll be fine. Tomorrow,” I say, allowing a smile to creep across my frost-numb face. “Let’s meet tomorrow, same time and place.”
Blaxton captures loose strands of my red hair in his pale fingers. The contrast startling like blood on snow. Tucking the strands behind my left ear, his fingers trail my cheek as he kisses my forehead. “Tomorrow,” he promises.






Contributing Authors

HALSTON JAMES

SONYA JESUS



SUZAN LEE



KELSIE RAE



ANGHARAD THOMPSON REES



K.Z. RILEY



COURTNEY SHOCKEY




Dawn to Dark is a delightful anthology written by several authors who have each taken a classic fairy tale and modernized it.

This was a totally enjoyable take on the Grimm/Disney tales we all love so much. Some light and sweet like Arabella, and some twisted and dark like Courtney Shockey’s retelling of Rapunzel.

I honestly had a hard time picking a favorite out of all of these, as they satisfied my different cravings in reading. You should really check this out!

4 Stars

Eagle by Janie Crouch

 

 

Title: Eagle

A Linear Tactical Standalone

Author: Janie Crouch

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 30, 2018

 

Blurb

 

Finn Bollinger.
Military codename: EAGLE.
A single dad, a
warrior, a hero.
For Charlotte Devereux he’s also the man whose heart she broke years
before. And now, he’s her only chance for survival.
When former Special Forces soldier Finn Bollinger is asked to help with
an undercover mission, he’s up for the task. His job teaching survival skills
to civilians at Linear Tactical keeps him sharp, and he can still handle
himself in the field. 
But the Army damn well didn’t teach Finn how
to handle Charlotte Devereux. She’s back and she’s all sorts of bad
news. 
Charlotte can’t change the past. Can’t change the choices she made or
the fact that they cost her everything. All she can do is endure the fallout.
Even if that means putting her future in the hands of Finn, the man who has
every right to want to destroy her.
And can in so many more ways than he thinks.
When Finn’s undercover mission goes impossibly wrong, he’ll have to
depend on Charlotte’s strength in order to survive. But everyone has a
breaking point.
He’s fighting
for what’s right.
She’s fighting
just to survive… 
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The second book in Janie Crouch’s Linear Tactical series is all about second chances. Charlotte “Charlie” Devereaux is back in town, and Finn Ballinger wants to know why. She’s come to tutor his son, but she has a master’s  degree in education.
Things have gone very wrong for Charlie, and all she wants is to get her life back as a teacher, and maybe for Finn to believe in her again. But someone wants her finished, and it’s up to Finn and linear Tactical to find out.
This was a fun read, even though there were a few times I wanted to throttle Finn.

5starreview

 

 

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Author Bio
USA TODAY
bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate
romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple
romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic
Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the
Romance Writers of America.
Janie
recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to
her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for
nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even
when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile
relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp)
traveling, and movies of all kinds. 

 

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Sir’s Rise by Red Phoenix

 

Title: Sir’s Rise

Series: Rise of the Dominants #1

Author: Red Phoenix
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Blurb
Explosive and hot! 
I know her unspoken
desire when she gives me that coy look before disappearing into the row of
library books…
I’ve always had the
natural ability to unlock a woman’s hidden desires, but my life takes a
complete 180 when I’m introduced to my true calling.
In my journey to
become a Master, I make it my mission to indulge my submissives, as well as
challenge them.
But I’ve discovered
something equally valuable in the process. Family.
When everything
I’ve worked for is threatened, I am ready to fight—and I am a man who will do
whatever it takes to protect what’s mine.
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I have to say, I have always been a huge fan of Red Phoenix’s, and her series about Brie’s Submission is one of my absolute favorite. Now, we get to see a whole new perspective! We go back in time a bit to when Sir Thane Davis was just college kid Thane Davis.

We see from his view how he meets his college roommate, his vodka swilling lab partner and more! It was a blast getting to see back to the early days back before Sir and Brie.

I totally LOVED this series and I cannot WAIT to see what comes next in this trilogy.

5starreview

 

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Excerpt
From the 1st Chapter: Surprise
Encounter
(The
Library Scene)
I watch
with interest as she gives me a flirtatious grin, adjusting her glasses before
getting up and heading to the reference section of the library. She’s wearing a
midline skirt that is conservative but still sways enticingly as she walks away
from me.
Taking her
cue, I set down my pen and leave my calculations on the table a few minutes
later. I survey the other students here, noting that they all seem preoccupied
and are not interested in what I am doing.
The
librarian, however, stares me intently as I walk past her. I give her a slight
nod, acknowledging her station, and watch with a sense of satisfaction as she
blushes.
Heading
deep into the reference section, I find my chestnut beauty hidden in the back.
A smile spreads across her face as I approach.
As she
opens her mouth to speak, I put my finger on those red lips and shake my head.
There will be no words between us.
I replace
my finger with my lips, pressing my mouth against hers.
Kissing her
gently at first, I feel her body respond to mine, and I slip my tongue into her
mouth.
She moans
softly, so I pull away shaking my head. The only way this continues is if she
stays totally silent.
Looking at
me with those sultry eyes, she tilts her chin up, begging for another kiss.
I claim
those sensual lips again while my hand begins exploring her curves. As my hand
moves downward, I grasp her waist, pulling her against me so she can feel my
growing excitement.
It has been
a while since I’ve felt the thrill of penetration, and my cock aches in
anticipation of it.
Hiking up
her skirt, I push her back against the shelves, the scent of old books
surrounding us as I feel between her legs. Her panties are already wet, letting
me know she’d been fantasizing about this encounter ever since she sat down
next to me.
Naughty girl…
I slip my
hand under the thin material and struggle not to groan when I feel the slick
warmth of her pussy. My body burns with desire.
Knowing
time is of the essence, I slip her panties down to her knees and unzip my
jeans.  I pull a condom from my wallet
and watch her eyes widen as I roll it down over my hard shaft.
Sliding the
head of my cock against her tight opening, I take a few moments to build up the
sexual tension. The sound of a low cough echoing from somewhere in the library
only adds to the excitement of what we are about to do.
Looking
deep into her eyes, I lift her leg to open her pussy to me and slowly push my
cock into her.
She makes
the barest of sounds and I immediately pull out, raising my eyebrow. Looking at
me desperately, she bites her lip to show she’s serious about keeping silent.
I kiss
those red lips again as I slide my shaft back into her, pushing even deeper.
She trembles with need when I begin thrusting. The excitement of having sex in
the college library has both our hearts racing.
The small
beads of perspiration on her skin cause those sexy glasses to slip down the
bridge of her nose. I take them off and carefully set them on a shelf before
gripping her buttocks tight. I begin stroking her deeper while keeping eye
contact as I climb toward climax.
I want her
to join me and pull out slightly so I can reach down between her legs and play
with her swollen clit while I continue to thrust into her with my hard cock.
Unfortunately,
the cougher seems to be on the move and, by the sound of it, he’s headed
straight toward us.
It seems
the idea of being caught turns my chestnut beauty on, because her pupils grow
wider just before I feel her pussy squeeze my shaft with her orgasm. My body
instinctually responds, thrusting deeper as I follow with my own climax.
I quickly
pull out, slipping my cock back into my pants, condom and all. She barely has
time to pull up her panties and fix her skirt before he walks by our section.
I lean into
her, kissing her passionately to hide the reason for her panting breath, then
turn to give the guy a hard stare, letting him know he’s interrupted us.
He shrugs,
giving me an apologetic grin before covering his mouth and wandering off amid
another bout of coughing.
I look down
at her and smile as I gently place the glasses back on her face. Giving her one
last kiss, I signal that she should leave first. She glances back at me with
that coy grin just before disappearing around the corner.

 

Author Bio
Over Two Million readers have enjoyed Red’s stories.

USA Today Bestselling Author Red Phoenix is an award-winning romance author who
gained popularity with her series, Brie’s Submission.

She also happens to be a submissive in real life and began
writing Brie’s story so people everywhere could find out just how fun BDSM can
be.

 

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Masters of the Castle: Witness Protection Program Anthology

 

Title: Masters of the Castle: Witness Protection Program
Authors: Allysa Hart, Rayanna Jamison,

Maren Smith, Tabitha Black, BJ Wane,

Golden Angel, Raisa Greywood, Piper Stone,

Katherine Deene & Kate Richards

Publisher: Blushing Books

Genre: Romantic Suspense/BDSM

Release Date: August 7, 2018
Blurb
Ten of your
favorite authors. Eight brand new stories. One really, really bad man.
Where will you
be when the bomb goes off?
When Master
Marshall gets an emergency phone call, he can’t believe his ears. His cousin,
Grace, has become the only surviving witness to a terrible murder and she is
refusing police protection. Fortunately for her, as far as Marshall is
concerned there is no place in the world safer than a medieval castle full of
protection-minded Doms. Unfortunately for them all, the assassin hunting her
from the shadows disagrees.
This steamy Masters
of the Castle anthology includes the following brand new, full length books:
Taming Terri –
Allysa Hart & Rayanna Jamison
Partners. Best
Friends. Ex-Lovers. K9 unit Terri O’Connel and Nick Carrusso along with their
playful pup, Champ, find themselves on a case that challenges all of their
skills. 
Terri fights Nick
every step of the way, but when her behavior compromises their mission, he puts
his foot down. Taming her will be no easy feat, but if anyone is going to get
the feisty woman under control, it’s the man who loves her the most. 
Will their
relationship survive, or will they walk out of the Castle and away from each
other forever?
Embracing Eden –
Maren Smith
Intimacy was
vulnerability, and vulnerable was something Grimsley would never be.
He was tall; she
was tiny. He was neat, tidy, orderly; she was… not. His life was focus without
deviation and relentlessly managed by the ticking of his pocket watch; she was
chaos, from the curls of her unruly hair to her little bare feet, and if she
got distracted and walked into him one more time, by God, he was going to bend
her over the first sturdy piece of furniture he saw. For a man who shunned
intimacy, getting Eden into his arms was fast becoming all he could think
about.
They say opposites
attract. When it came to Eden, attract was far too tame a word…
Tempting Tasha –
Tabitha Black
Has the Big Bad
Dungeon Master finally met his match?
Desperate to find
her brother, Tasha lies her way into a job at the renowned Castle.
She has no clue
about the lifestyle but she only needs to fake it for a couple of days – long
enough to get the information she’s after.
Unfortunately, she
gets assigned to the Dungeon, where the dark, brooding Master Eamon is watching
her every move…
Controlling
Carlie – BJ Wane
The only way to
keep her safe is to bend her to his control…
Nothing could’ve
surprised Luke more than seeing the girl he’d sworn to protect at the Castle,
perched on another Dom’s lap. Anger and jealousy urged him to intervene when
Carlie’s stubbornness forced him to take her on as his sub for the weekend to
honor his promise to her brother to keep her safe. It takes a possible threat
followed by a misunderstanding to get Luke to see what’s been right before his
eyes all along.
Freeing Fawn –
Golden Angel
FBI agent Dane
Morgan comes to the Castle to save a life. Fawn Pike is there to take one.
Something about the
raven-haired beauty catches Dane’s attention right away – but is it suspicion
or desire driving his actions? Their scenes together are incendiary, their
attraction overwhelming, but with the lies building between them, even the
Castle’s magic might not be enough to give them a happily ever after.
Harboring Holly
– Raisa Greywood
Can he save her
twice?
Two years ago,
Agent Flint Turner met his dream girl. The only good he’d ever done during his
undercover assignment was to help her escape one of the most vicious criminals
in FBI history. 
 
After witnessing the murder of her best friend, Holly Dansen finds safety in
the Castle. When she sees the killer and his henchman, she thinks her life is
over, but is determined to protect her newfound family.
 
But Mario isn’t what he seems, and she doesn’t know what to believe. The
chemistry is bubbling between them, but can she trust him to keep her safe?

Capturing Cassandra – Piper Stone

She’s longed to
submit to a powerful man. Her choice? The assassin she’s hunted for years.
He’s cunning, he’s
wealthy and he’s dangerous. When a mafia assassin is tasked to eliminate
another, assuming the role of a Master within the Castle, he’s prepared for
just another assignment. That is, until he meets the woman selected to become
his submissive. Beautiful and intelligent, she’s also his nemesis, an FBI agent
hunting him for years.
What she doesn’t
understand is that after this weekend, she will belong to him.
Guarding Grace –
Katherine Deane & Kate Richards
How can a blind
woman be a witness?
Worse… how can
Grace keep from being the murderer’s next victim? Even in the Castle, in the
care of a Dom who’s survived one of the world’s most extreme war zones, she’s
stalked by the determined and ruthless killer.
Grace and Chris
have the beginnings of a hot and passionate relationship… if he can keep her
alive.

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The Masters of the Castle are back! Maren Smith and friends much loved series about “The Castle” is back with 8 new stories and 10 writers!  All of the short stories are central to one theme. A young, blind woman is witness to a crime and her cousin, Master Marshall decides to hide her out at the Castle.

Most of the authors have the women posing as “Little Maids” most undercover to try to catch the assassin. Such as Marin, Allysa, Rayanna, Kathryn, Kate, and Tabatha. My favorites in this series were BJ Wane’s Controlling Carlie and Piper Stone’s Capturing Cassandra, both of which stood out for me out of all 8 stories.

But the whole book is entirely worth reading from the epilogue to the very end! Maren did a great job assembling this cast of amazing authors!

5starreview

 

His To Master And Own by BJ Wane (Miami Masters Series 5)

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HIS TO MASTER AND OWN
by BJ Wane

 

 

“This book was delicious… I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting, I just could not put it down.” – Goodreads reviewer

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The first time Sean Bates saw Alessa Alexander at a BDSM club without one of her friends attending with her, he didn’t approach her or interfere, deeming it was none of his business.  The second time, his protective, dominate instincts forced him to confront her, and then offer his professional counseling for her needs.

Alessa’s desire to turn herself over to a man’s full control kept her from believing she’d ever enjoy a long-term relationship like her friends recently committed to.  When she gets up the nerve to ask Sean Bates to tutor her in her unorthodox fantasies, the first scene he devises leaves her aching for more of his strict control, but worried about keeping her feelings uninvolved.

Past heartbreaks kept Sean and Alessa leery of hoping for too much from their agreed upon temporary relationship.  Between escalating problems with an ex at work and her insecurities, Alessa runs from Sean before she ends up hurt.  But it doesn’t take her long to realize how much she wants him and his strict discipline, enough to risk the height of humiliation to earn his forgiveness.

His To Master And Own is the fifth book in the super, steamy Miami Masters series by the also super hot BJ Wane! So far, this series has been a sultry ride through Miami’s waters on a mega-yacht equipped for naughty fun with new couples in every book that aren’t afraid to live it up, and there is always a dash of drama to spice things up.

This time, it’s shrink Sean’s turn, as he and Alessa discover what it’s like to navigate a true M/s relationship. (That’s Master and slave for all of you newbies out there.) But the water isn’t always calm, and Alessa may have to face some serious humiliation if she wants true happiness with Sean.

This may be a bit more intense for some folks, so be warned. But as always, BJ writes a truly entertaining tale that you can go back to over and over!

5 Kinktabulous Stars!

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Blue Velvet by Linnea May

 

Title: Blue Velvet
Author: Linnea May
Genre: Dark Billionaire Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Blurb
I’m filthy rich and dripping with power – but the
army left me broken beyond repair.
My jagged edges make me a nightmare.
She wants to join my dark solitude.
But where she seeks solace, I seek sanity.
The Velvet Rooms provide our sanctuary. A
place of safety, bliss and unbridled play, untainted by the clamor of reality.
Here, there is no sight.
There is no sound.
Only skin against skin.
Testing. Claiming.
But as much as I want her – she can never
truly be mine.
Because the madness always finds me. Even in
the darkness.
And this time it may be too late to stop the
beast from destroying everything.
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Linnea May loves to
read and write about strong alpha men with loaded bank accounts and skeletons
in their closets. Her heroes are as sexy and beautiful as they are broken –
only to be fixed by the smart & captivating heroines who cross their
paths.



Originally from Europe, Linnea currently tries to befriend the lively squirrels
in Rhode Island. ❤

 

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Red And The Wolves by Zoe Blake &Alta Hensley

Title: Red and the Wolves
Series: Dark Fantasy #2

Authors: Zoe Blake & Alta Hensley

Genre: Dark Reverse Harem Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Blurb
A Dark Reverse Harem Romance from USAT Bestselling
Authors Zoe Blake & Alta Hensley
This is no fairytale…
As the Blood Moon rises, I’ve been chosen.
Chosen to serve, to obey…to die…for no one
survives their time with the Wolves.
As I am dressed in the ceremonial Red Hood,
all I can think of is escape.
But there is no escape.
The lives of my village depend on my
submission to the accursed Wolves.
There are five of them.
Five men cursed to live as Wolves.
Cursed for generations, forced to protect my
village from the dark forces.
But they demand a heavy price for their
protection. Me.
Five against one…against me alone.
My only hope for survival is to tame the
wolves…but submission is not in my nature.

 

Warning: In our Fairytales, there is danger in
the shadows, the beasts bite and no Heroine is truly safe. If dark tales of
danger, forced attraction and multiple partners offend you then please do not
purchase.
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Zoe Blake
USA TODAY Bestselling Author in Dark Romance.


We are all
attracted to the forbidden. Addicted to the rush we get from reading something
naughty…something kinky. We love to lose ourselves in the fantasy. The
powerful lord who sweeps the lady away to his remote estate to ravish her. The
cowboy who takes the sassy city girl over his knee to teach her a lesson. The
devilishly charming pirate who seduces his beautiful captive.


She writes
those dark fantasies.

 

Alta Hensley
USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Hot, Dark and
Dirty Romance.


She is also
an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Being a multi-published author in the
romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet
love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales of the constant struggle
between dominance and submission.