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Possessed by Passion Collection

Crazy Ink Publishing, LLC is pleased to present a USA Today bestseller list-aiming dark romance and paranormal romance collection boxset for release on March 16, 2021. Featuring stories from USA Today and International Bestselling authors, this set includes more than twenty romantic novels and novellas aimed to ignite your passions and make you fall in love with the characters. Pre order your copy today!

Collection Blurb

Passions pulsate.
Destinies collide.
Humans, angels, and demons alike are possessed with a common bind—desire.

Experience exquisite and sultry seraphs, demonic witches, a hellfire phoenix, a vengeful gargoyle, ordinary humans with dark sides, vampires, werewolves, ghostly spirits, and other creatures of the night, who will whet your desire for romance and seduction. Travel with them into their worlds as they lust for love, romance, and pleasure.

Will they find what they are searching for? Will you?
Find out in this twenty-plus, limited time paranormal and dark romance collection by USA Today, international bestselling, and award-winning authors.

Experience the passion.

Readers of Anne Rice, Debbie Paterson, Linda Howard, Dean Koontz, Kristen Ashley, and Paul Tremblay will love this dark collection! One click now to become POSSESSED…

Featuring the works of USA Today and International Bestselling Authors:

Bella Emy – USA Today Bestseller – For Better or For Cursed
Alyssa Drake – USA Today Bestseller – For Better or For Cursed
Cora Kenborn – USA Today Bestseller – Cast Stones
Catherine Wiltcher – Amazon All Star – Cast Stones
Erin Lee – USA Today Bestseller – Blank Slate
Olivia Marie –USA Today Bestseller– Blood Bound
Lorah Jaiyn – USA Today Bestseller – The Immortal Stone
Murphy Wallace – International Bestseller – Death in the Flames
N Isabelle Blanco – International Bestseller – Malice
Rena Marin – International Bestseller – The Arisen
Rita Delude – International Bestseller – Driven by Desire
M W Brown – International Bestseller – Under the Moonlight
Diana Register – International Bestseller – Electric Man
Stephanie Ayers – International Bestseller – Blood White
Yolanda Allard – International Bestseller – Gargoyles: Stone Curse
Sian B. Claven – International Bestseller – Neutral Ground
LJC Fynn – International Bestseller – Blank Slate
John Watson – International Bestseller – The Hollow-Eyed Girl
Tiffany Carby – International Bestseller – Meet Cut(e)
Michelle Edwards – International Bestseller – Demonic Destiny
Tracy A. Ball – International Bestseller – Blood Like Rain
Eve Corso – International Bestseller – Spellbound
Marie Ahls – International Bestseller – Villainous
Rheanon Nicole – International Bestseller – His Soul to Keep
Cloud S Riser – International Bestseller – Queen of Stone

Editor’s Note: Look for **Spring Madness** spotlights through March and April for authors included in this collection, a deeper look at the individual authors and their books, including Excerpts, Author Interviews, and Character Interviews!

Possessed by Passion Collection


A woman’s third fiancé dies under mysterious circumstances, but the truth behind his gruesome death is far more sinister.

Dubbed the “black widow,” Lara Angelov is on a first name basis with the local police department. However, each time she loses a fiancé, Lara has an iron-clad alibi.

Starting over in a new town, Cassius Broxsby hoped to keep his past hidden, but a favor to an old friend lands him in the police precinct, assisting on an unusual case.

As Cassius digs, he discovers Lara is hiding a dark secret, one which has imprisoned her for years. Now, Cassius must figure out how to defeat a new type of killer, one he has never faced.

Obsession takes on a paranormal dimension in this haunting tale of love and murder.

Possessed by Passion Collection


BITE #1 – 0 flames

“Have you forgotten our deal?” He appeared beside her, grabbed her arm, and twisted her around. Shoving her forehead against the window, he pressed his hips into her back, his lips brushing over her ear. “You took my life, buried me right down there beneath that third sunflower. You owe me repayment for that debt.”

“What if James dies?” Lara asked, struggling against his supernatural strength.

“Then you bring me another body, and another, and another. You bring me as many as it takes to replace what you stole from me.” He released her with a snarl.

“You were going to kill me.” Lara scooted away from him, darting toward the doorway.

“But you beat me to that happy task, didn’t you?” His mouth twisted into a horrific grin, and, floating closer, he reached out and trailed one finger down her arm. “I never thought you had it in you.”

“Take me instead of James.” She jutted out her chin. “You want a body, I volunteer.”

“I want to be a man.” His eyes narrowed.

“And I want you to go to hell, but we both can’t get what we want.”

“Either bring me James or I dig up my skeleton and leave it on the fence for the police to find.” His irritation filled the room. “You’ll spend the rest of your life in prison.”

A tiny smile flitted across Lara’s face.

“I can see your mind working.” Milo leaned in, his voice soft. “If you go to jail, so do I. I’ll follow you anywhere. I’ll be your constant companion in that tiny little cell, just you and me and four tight walls.”

Lara’s shoulders slumped. She’d never be free of Milo, not unless she gave him what he wanted… his life back. She hoped he didn’t assume that new life included her. Once he was corporeal, she was gone. Let him try to find her without his paranormal talents.


In your own words, how would you describe your book?

For Better or For Cursed is a dark paranormal romance about what happens when a dead man’s obsession with his ex-wife reaches beyond the grave. This tale is set in the same world as the mystery series Bella Emy and I co-wrote, Avalisse Ross Mysteries, and features some of the same beloved characters.

What are some hashtags you’d use to draw readers in?

#ghost #evilspirit #poltergeist #paranormal #paranormalactivity #haunted #haunting #obsession #possession #darksecret #vampire #murder #exorcism #thriller #suspense

What surprised you most when writing this book with your co-author?

This is the third co-write I’ve done with Bella. We work well together, and discuss everything before making a plot decision. For the last two books, Bella wrote the heroine (Avalisse) and I wrote the hero (Leo), but in this book, we swapped personalities, which was fun. Although, normally she writes the steamy scenes and in this story, she cut off her chapter just as it was getting good, and made me write it. Sneaky.

What was it like to work with your co-author?

Bella is a fast writer, and forces me to stay at a better pace than I would maintain on my own, but she has eons of patience when it comes to me. She’s positive, supportive, writes some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve ever read, and has a dirty mind (sorry, girl). P.S. We’re already discussing the next case.

What inspired this story?

This story came from a back and forth conversation between Bella and I, when she asked me to co-write with her for this set. With the theme being possession, we landed on the idea of a woman being haunted by her ex-lover. Which developed into a jealous spirit that possessed the woman’s new boyfriends and forced them to kill themselves. Dark, right? The story snowballed from there. 

Can you tell us what your favorite part of the book is?

I can be a bit tongue-in-cheek when writing. At the beginning of the book is a scene between Lara (our heroine) and Milo (the ghost) where he reveals that Lara murdered him. Here’s a little taste.

“You and I both know the divorce was never finalized.” His mouth twisted. “I died first.”

“That was an accident.” Lara narrowed her eyes as he sat on the bed, his body now a solid form.

“An accident is one time, love.” He reached out and captured her chin between his fingers, pinching. His eyes glowed black. “How many times did you stab me?”

“Not enough, apparently.” Lara jerked her chin free of his icy grip.

And last but not least, what are some of your favorite passionate movies?

Pride and Prejudice, Like Water for Chocolate, The Notebook, Don Juan Demarco, Dangerous Liaisons


Q&A Cassius

1. What song makes you unconditionally happy and why?
Black Out Days by Phantogram because it touches my soul… something about the darkness to the song. I’m not really a fan of sunny days, so the first line alone I can relate to.

2. If you could have anybody else’s life, who’s would you take and why?
My brother, Darius, because he’s the golden child that my parents look up to. Me? Not so much. I’m the disappointment.

3. What fictional character do you relate to most?
Dracula. LOL. No, seriously? Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

4. If I asked you at age 5 what you wanted to be when you grow up, what would the answer be?
A firefighter. I always like felt like I could save people and give them another chance at life.

5. What is your biggest irrational fear? Do you think you’ll ever overcome it?
As mentioned before, I don’t really like the sun, so that, and no, probably not. I prefer overcast days.

6. If you could take us anywhere in the world right now what would your choice be and why?
Some remote island with a select few. After my club got shut down and was taken from me, I prefer to steer clear of the crowds.

Q&A Lara

1. Describe the biggest regret in your life.
Marrying my ex-husband, Milo, was the biggest mistake I ever made. Had I known his true personality I would have never agreed to date him in the first place, but he managed to keep his possessive tendencies hidden until after our first year of marriage.

2. Can you describe the moment in your life when you were happiest?
The happiest day of my life was the day Milo proposed. I had all these fantastic plans for us, for our future, but none of them came true.

3. What song makes you unconditionally sad? Why?
My Immortal by Evanescence. Every time I hear it, I’m reminded of the life I had before Milo. His ghost refuses to give me peace, haunting me, tormenting me; there is no end to the suffering.

4. If past lives are real, describe one of yours.
I pray there are no past (or future) lives. If that is possible, Milo will chase me into my next life.

5. Have you ever seen something you can’t explain? If yes, what was it?
Milo is a ghost, there’s not much that has happened to me that I can’t explain. I do believe in the paranormal, and I’m certain there are more creatures out there than just Milo.

6. Describe something you would do if there were no consequences for your actions.
I’d move to the beach. I’m trapped in my house, living there to prevent Milo from following me to a new town and leaving a trail of bodies that he has possessed and drained the life from. I just want to be free.

Meet Author Alyssa Drake…

USA Today Bestselling Author Alyssa Drake has been creating stories since she could hold a crayon, preferring to construct her own bedtime tales instead of reading the titles in her bookshelves. A multi-genre author, Alyssa currently writes Historical romance, Paranormal romance, Contemporary romance, and Romantic suspense. She thoroughly enjoys strong heroines and often laughs aloud when imagining conversations between her characters.

She believes everyone is motivated by love of someone or something. One of her favorite diversions is fabricating stories about strangers surrounding her on public transportation. When she’s not whipping up chocolate treats in the kitchen, Alyssa can often be found madly scribbling notes on a train or daydreaming out the window as the scenery whips past.

Meet Author Bella Emy…

Bella Emy is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She loves all books, but her favorite genre to read, as well as write, is romance. Bella loves creating heartbreaking stories that will deeply touch her readers, but in the end, a good HEA is usually the turnout.

Whenever Bella is not typing away on her computer with a nice hot cup of coffee, she loves spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite places to go are the movies, the beach, or just on a good plain old road trip. Some of her must haves are coffee, chocolate, pizza, music, & movies.


Links to Possessed by Passion & Alyssa & Bella’s website, blog, books, etc.:

UBL: https://books2read.com/POSSESSEDBP
Amazon: mybook.to/PBP
Apple: https://apple.co/3kqjj3e
Nook: https://bit.ly/33GUjhw
Kobo: https://bit.ly/35FXys0

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4 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Paranormal #UrbanFantasy **Spring Madness** with FOR BETTER OR FOR CURSED: Paranormal Case Files: Mendsville, Possessed by Passion #Collection by Alyssa Drake & Bella Emy ETAL”

  1. Holy cow! These will grab your attention! Now I have to find out how her ex is outsmarted!

    Thanks, all!

  2. Good morning, Alyssa and Bella, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love your twist on the ghost story. It would be horrifying to be haunted by a malevolent husband. Cannot wait to see how she gets him out of her life. Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

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