Formula for Fairy Tale Love: 1 adventurous Heroine + 1 tortured-but-noble Hero = Happily-Ever-After.
Land of Dreams: Willem was created of magic and trapped in the Land of Dreams by a curse in which he shared his gargoyle form with Eduardo. When Eduardo freed himself from the evil spell his jealous half-brother Erokan cast on him, Willem was given a new life. Now a gargoyle shifter, Willem meets Cicely, daughter of Lord Montrose. Everything he’s ever wanted is within his grasp. But he isn’t the only man who longs to capture her.
Aware Cicely descends from royalty and was hidden away as a child to keep her magical ability a secret, a mysterious stranger intends to bend the powerful fire elemental to his will.
Cicely knows she possesses magical ability. Falling in love with the courageous, self-sacrificing Willem may be the key to awakening…or unleashing…something formidable buried deep inside her.
Heart of Stone: Leesa trespasses into a haunted palace, where she meets a gargoyle. Breaking the spell that cursed him may carry a price steeper than she’s able…or willing…to pay.
Beauty & the Faun: Kayla flees an arranged marriage and falls for a faun shifter instead. But how can she ignore her duty by refusing to marry a prince?
Land of Dreams excerpt
Elemental magic had created his life and destroyed it. And yet, Maris wanted him to help Cicely to awaken her magic. To make it stronger.
“Willem? Are you all right?” Cicely was starting at him, her expression quizzical. “You look funny.”
Willem sighed and wiped the crumbs from his fingers. “It’s getting late.”
“You want me to leave?” she asked.
“No…I…you…” Words failed him. “You don’t have to spend the entire day with me. Isn’t Trevor waiting? Or maybe another young man?”
“Trevor is out hunting with my father and some others. He’s trying to win Father over, but it won’t work. Father knows I have no interest in him.”
“Then why bother to entertain him?”
“Protocol, diplomacy…ridiculous things like that. Things that don’t matter,” she said.
Willem rose and went over to join her. “But you are heir to Montrose. It matters. Surely you want a prince or king by your side.”
She laughed. “No, I don’t care about that. You’ve been in love, Willem. Surely you understand that titles aren’t important. I want to be happy, and I want love.”
Love. He’d spent a few years longing for his love. Then after a short while, it was over. No, that was Eduardo. Not him. Not him. “Love is not to be counted on.”
Cicely reached out to him. “How do you know that for sure? Maybe you counted on the wrong person.”
Grasping her hand, he kneeled down next to her. “How do I find the right one?” he asked.
“Your heart will tell you.”
Willem gritted his teeth to keep from shuddering, but it didn’t work. She was so close to him, and he wasn’t sure whether it was the heat from the fire or her proximity that warmed him.
His desire for her was even stronger than his distaste for magic.
Deborah A Bailey’s Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance stories include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. She’s the author of several science fiction and paranormal fiction romance novels. Her speculative fiction short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. They’re included in her short story collection, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.
In addition to her fiction work, she’s published non-fiction books and articles for various online publications. Visit her site: www.BrightStreetBooks.com.