Cursed Ever After
Ever After Series Prequel
Ever After Series Prequel
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Wandering Impulse Press
Number of pages: 60
Word Count: Approximately 13K
Cover Artist: A.C. James
Ruler – [Arie]
Arie is having a bad night but what else is new? When vampires deal with demons nothing less can be expected. He heads to the Hellfire Club to report back to his sexy boss, Tessa Green, anticipating that she’ll be less than satisfied with the details of his night. Instead he finds a hot new hire waiting in her office. Alone in the office, she offers him an intriguing opportunity to improvise.
This quick, dirty read contains profanity, voyeurism, DIY BDSM, M/F and F/F situations. Not for the faint of heart and intended for audiences over the age of 18.
“Rich and dark, a supernatural and sensual delight of erotic passion.” —Kathy Kulig, Ellora's Cave Award Winning Author
Bound – [Luna]
Luna is always tied up in difficult situations. Obsessed with someone she can never have. From the moment Luna first met Victoria, she knew she was different—hot, dangerous, and unlike anyone she’s ever known. Luna can't stop thinking about her. Can't stop fantasizing about her. Can't stop craving the one thing she knows she can never have. The one she wants—the vampire she wants abstains from blood and sex.
To distract her from her obsession, Luna begs Tessa to find an appropriate diversion. Bound and gagged in her dungeon at the Hellfire Club (HFC), Luna gets an unexpected visit from a sibling that leaves her feeling conflicted and heartbroken. Arie steps in when Luna is vulnerable. Is there more to this hot alpha vamp than his hard-ass facade?
This M/F erotic story contains profanity, sex, & DIY BDSM and is intended for audiences over the age of 18.
Burned – [Victoria]
Victoria has a sordid past and this macabre tale is woven with lies, blood, betrayal, and vengeance. In the far north of France in the 1700s she took care of a young girl and her ailing mother. She never planned on falling for Henri in the process—except she fell in love with the wrong man. She fell in love with a monster. Sometimes evil hits too close to home. And when you trust the wrong person you might just get burned.
Chained – [Tessa]
Tessa Green is the most famous dominatrix in Chicago and rules the notorious Hellfire Club. She also happens to be a vampire. And the senator is just another toy for her amusement. Sometimes the power and authority that comes with leadership can be a strain. He relishes her dominance, her demands, and her control. Sometimes being free happens only when chained and who better to keep his secret than Tessa.
This M/F erotic story contains profanity & BDSM and is intended for audiences over the age of 18.
As a special bonus this short story collection also contains the preface for the beginning of a series with Arie, Luna, Victoria, and of course Tessa. Eternal Ever After is the Gothic Cinderella story of 22-year-old Holly Ellis, a barista, who meets her unwilling prince charming. Arie, our prince, is an ancient vampire and Chief Justice of the Council of Sanguis. He serves the notorious Tessa Green. She's the dominatrix queen of Chicago's underground Hellfire Club. The unlikely pair entangle when a powerful force threatens Holly’s life and compromises exposing their world.
Outside the club gunfire erupted. It was probably just a gang shooting. But the cops didn’t give a rat’s ass. This part of the city was like a third-world country at war but as long as it didn’t interfere with business, we wouldn’t get involved. The Hellfire Club was situated on the South Side of Chicago. It operated as a Goth club downstairs and an underground sex club on one of the upper levels. In a world where the supernatural commingled with humans largely unbeknownst to humankind, the club provided a perfect cover. Of course, our high-class clientele and the few humans on our staff knew about our kind.
I inhaled deeply and prayed for patience. Tessa wasn’t going to like the price increase the med tech at the blood bank required to keep us in supply. What was I supposed to do? The half-demon masquerading as a human had stood there with that twisted-as-fuck-smile and when I tried to dazzle him, he seemed completely immune to my tactics. I’d come here to report back to Tessa and it wasn’t likely she’d let this one go.
Muttering obscenities, I walked across the black marble and Luna looked up from her post behind the bar.
“Not now Luna.”
She pursed her lips but didn’t respond to my mercurial mood. It was probably for the best under the circumstances. Throw in any of my primal instincts—sex, violence, blood-hunger—into the mix, and it would turn ugly for her. If not for this business with the blood bank, I’d screw her despite my preference for human partners. But for her I’d make an exception.
Luna had pale, luminous skin that almost matched my own and a stream of silvery beams trailed behind her. Even her hair, including her eye lashes sparkled silver. Usually she batted her eyes at me appreciatively but at the moment she just looked disgusted and I didn’t have time to deal with a pissed off faerie.
The elevator button lit up when I pressed it and after a few moments the door slid open. I took the elevator to the third floor and made my way down the dimly lit hallway to Tessa’s office. Someone was having sex in the building. At any given time someone was screwing in the club but as I walked, the scent of arousal grew stronger, making my body tighten and my balls throb. Damnit, resistance was growing increasingly hard and painful, as my dick was at this moment.
I brushed past the stony faced guard outside Tessa’s office. He was bigger than me, nearly as tall, and his short blond hair stood in spikes. Growling, I brought my fist up when he grabbed me with a muscled arm bearing a tribal tattoo that ran its length. My fist made contact with his jaw and he let out a curse.
Guest Blog Title: Exclusive Excerpt from Cursed Ever After’s Controversial Story #3
Burned is the story of Victoria.
She’s probably one of my favorite side characters because of her history—because of her strength.
I admit this is a hot button issue for me and I imagine it is for some of my readers who may find this story difficult to digest.
(Don’t worry a reading advisory and link is provided once you get to that point in the anthology if you have the e-book version and wish to bypass it entirely.)
But the twists and turns that the plot takes, while graphic and brutal, they are not meant simply to show how evil and horrific the villain is. It’s not meant to make the story “edgier.” It’s not depicted (I hope anyway) in the clichéd and offensive way that I’ve seen sexual assaults written.
As an author, I take the brutality displayed in this story pretty seriously.
This is Victoria’s story. This is what defines her character, who she is, and why she behaves the way she does, throughout the entire series.
It’s what changes her life forever…
You will not find this excerpt anywhere else but here. I hope you can understand the need for the particular course this scene takes and that I did it justice. This is just a small sample of how the scene starts…
My pale blond hair fanned out across the linen mattress filled with wool but I could still feel the stiff straw beneath me from the palliasse despite the bolster. Light from the lantern sent shadows dancing across the walls of the small bedroom. Henri leaned forward, sealing his mouth over mine. I sighed as his tongue dipped inside. His kiss was confident, skilled, and turned me on so much that it made my toes curl.
“Je veux que tu Victoire,” Henri said.
You want me yet here we are. How long are we going to keep doing this—hiding in secret?
“Sur votre estomac.” “On your stomach.” He urged me to roll over, his favorite way of taking me.
“Je ne peux pas,” I said. “I cannot.”
He looked down at me, confusion marring his fine features.
I looked away. “Pas avec votre femme dans l'autre pièce.” “Not with your wife in the other room.”
To read more you can find Cursed Ever After on Amazon.
About the Author:
A.C. James is a book blogger and author of paranormal and erotic romance containing BDSM.
Wife, mother, and storyteller extraordinaire. She resides in northeast Pennsylvania drinking large vats of coffee while taming two toddlers by day and writing by night. She enjoys wine, sushi, sake, and curling up with a good book. A.C. loves to hear from readers!
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