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Possessed by Passion Collection
BY STEPHANIE AYERS ETAL
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!
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!
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Not all those who wander are truly lost. Some only want to hurt you.
Every thirty years on the anniversary of Mae White’s suicide, the young men of Rickdale succumb to grisly deaths. Tales circulate of a beautiful hitchhiker in a white dress wandering up and down the road by Rickers Creek, crying for her babies and looking for a ride home. Those who pick her up are never heard from again.
The last time Mae showed up, Jennifer Archer’s high school sweetheart disappeared. Now, she fears her son will meet the same fate. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe, even sacrifice herself, but it’s not Jennifer the White Lady wants.
Thirty years have passed, and the anniversary falls on a full moon. The Lady in White wanders again, and this time, she brought reinforcements. All the young men Mae collected over the years roam the night, and Jennifer must face her long lost lover. Can she save them both before they disappear for good?
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Flaming Rating: 1
“Your mom?” Everly Grant had worked at the diner across the street from the auto repair shop for as long as Caleb could remember. Despite Everly’s breathtaking beauty, they were nothing more than friends. Supposedly, she’d dated the same guy from out of town for about as long as she’s worked at the diner, and though no one ever saw him, they never questioned, either, she was just too sweet. She went to refill Caleb’s coffee mug, but he covered the top with his hand.
“No, thanks,” he said.
Everly’s eyebrows shot up into her forehead. “Caleb Asher is refusing a second cup? Are you sure you aren’t some alien in Caleb clothing?” she teased.
Caleb grunted. “Ma does that to me. Every single year. Over and over.”
“What’s her problem?” She set the coffeepot back on the burner and joined him.
“She doesn’t want me to leave Rickdale. Like ever.”
Everly laughed. It was a soft sound, a petite laugh that suited her appearance. Rumors swirled that she had practiced it in front of the mirror until it came out just right, but knowing Everly the way he did, he refused to believe it. She was as natural as a sunflower. Her laugh came too easy to be practiced. Whoever started the rumor was probably just a miserable son-of-a-bitch with nothing better to do.
“Why? I mean, Rickdale isn’t so bad, but I’ve seen what lies beyond the bridge. For someone who’s entire existence is this town, I can see the appeal. So, why is she stopping you?”
Caleb’s face wrinkled with disgust. “Some stupid urban legend. I’m sure you’ve heard it.”
“Rickdale has an urban legend?”
Caleb covered his face with his hand and exhaled. “I can’t believe you don’t know. Mae White died by suicide sixty years ago, came back thirty years ago and took all the young men with her.”
Everly shook her head. “Nope, that’s a new one for me. Took all the young men away? That’s something. Do I need to lock Brayden up?” She laughed again.
“If you asked Ma, she’d say yes. Ask any old timer, and they’ll tell you the same thing. Mae White is to Rickdale what Bloody Mary is to the rest of the world. Nothing happens. But get this.” He leaned in closer and checked his surroundings. “Ma says the thirtieth anniversary of Mae’s suicide is coming up, and it falls on a full moon.” Caleb’s eyes rolled, and he laughed. “You’d think she expected Mae White to turn into a werewolf or something.”
“That’s quite a story,” Everly said, waving to the new customers just entering the store. “You’ll have to tell me more about it. There’s got to be a reason behind your mom’s paranoia.”
“There is. Supposedly, Mae White took my dad when she appeared the last time. Now, she’s afraid she’ll lose me, too.” He rolled his eyes again and stuck a cigarette between his lips. “My theory? Dad was a coward and took off while he had an excuse. Has it bothered me growing up? Hell, yeah. Ma works hard, for what? A tiny shack on the edge of Ricker’s Creek that gets flooded anytime the wind blows south?” He scoffed. “There’s got to be more than what’s here. Why didn’t she ever pack up the car and get out? She used to be a pageant queen. Look at her now.”
1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
My name is Jennifer. I don’t have a nickname.
2. Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?
Mae White stole my best friend, my son’s father thirty years ago. I don’t let myself get close to people now.
3. If you have a family, how do you get along with them? If you don’t, are there people in your life that you consider family? How do you get along with them?
I live in a small town where everyone knows everyone. I grew up here, so I have plenty of extended family, including the sheriff, I am on a first name basis with. I have one son, Caleb, I am desperately trying to keep Mae White from stealing away.
4. Do you have a birthmark? Scars? Where are they? How did you get them?
I have some faded stretchmarks from when I was pregnant with Caleb.
5. When you’re angry, what do you do? Where do you go? How do you deal with your anger?
I yell at my son when I’m angry, or I slam cabinet doors. If I’m really mad, I’ll retreat to my room until I’ve calmed down.
6. A penguin walks up to you, right now, wearing a sombrero. What does he say to you and why is he here?
I really think he’s lost. He got sucked into some kind of vortex that dumped him in Ricker’s Creek, and now he wants to know how to get back to Antarctica. Schedule a flight, buddy! Schedule a flight!
7. What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing?
I’m afraid of losing my son to Mae White like I lost his dad.
8. What makes you laugh out loud?
9. What’s your favorite food?
I really enjoy southern comfort foods.
10. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?
I will never find love. I only loved two people my whole life, and the lady in white stole one of them and wants to steal the other.
A creative ninja with a dark mind and a quirky nature, Stephanie Ayers writes all the words and spins twisted tales filled with horror, fantasy, suspense, and anything in between. With a trunk full of tricks thanks to a checkered past, she haunts Irish castles and snowy mountaintops in her dreams while living the unicorn life in Ohio disguised as a human. When she isn’t listening to the voices in her head, she spends her days as a mom, Gigi, cat lover, and Netflix binger, while avoiding housework at all costs.
Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections. Along with many solo works, she currently has two serials to her name, the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 series, and her epic 5 book fantasy series, Destiny Defined.
Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers
“Compromising Position” 3rd place short story contest Emily Suess blog
“Home for Christmas” 3rd place short story holiday contest by Pixie Forest Publishing
2017 Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology (#1 Poetry anthology)
2019 Absolution: A Crazy Ink Anthology, Bending Time Anthology (Crazy Ink)
Amazon International Bestseller-2019 Flash Fiction Addiction. 2020 Soul’s Day Boxset, Possessed by Passion boxset
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