A collection of ficbits initially posted on Patreon, short tales of life after the happily ever after of the official stories. This volume contains shorts for:
Of Last Resort
Blood in the Water
The Engineered Throne
The Royal Inquisitor
Ismeretlen szerző - Bound to Change
Change is the only constant in a shifter’s world. These shifters will defy tradition, tragedy, and fate to find their true loves. Through ominous prophecies and quests of glory, they’re bound to change—and bound to each other. And if there’s anything a shifter knows for sure, it’s that there’s no way to outrun their animal sides. Whether they transform with the pull of the moon or at will, through a curse or a gift, or simply because of evolution, you'll adore the shifters in this limited edition spring collection brought to you by New York Times, USA Today, and bestselling authors.
Eve Langlais - Defying Pack Law
Pack Law states she must have more than one mate. Like Hell. Rather than be forced into a mating with more than one man, Dana flees the pack. Flees everything she knows, everyone she loves. She lives on the run and can't seem to find happiness. All that changes the day her first love, Nathan, finds her and brings her back home. He's not letting her go, not again. As alpha, he now makes the rules and he's decided to hell with the laws, he wants Dana. Except Dana's changed since she left. Maybe the pack ways aren't so bad after all and when she decides to accept fate... she finds love times three.
R. E. Butler - Prancer's Fated Mate
Kerri’s excited to be able to help plan the wedding of her sister’s friend. Decorating her sister’s middle-of-nowhere cabin and taking some R&R after finally finishing cooking school is exactly what she needs before she starts her job hunt. Unable to sleep, Kerri heads out into the woods before dawn on Christmas Eve to cut pine boughs to decorate the fireplace mantel. It’s cold and dark, but Kerri finds herself enjoying the early morning walk in the woods. Until an unwanted guest in the form of an enormous polar bear intrudes on her quiet morning. At dawn on Christmas Eve, Sullivan, an arctic shifter, goes with two members of the NPC security team to scout out the location for a close friend’s wedding. Deciding he’s a better hunter in his shifted form, he chooses the polar bear, his favorite of his four shifts. Heading into the woods that surround the cabin, he follows the scent of something amazing and comes face-to-face with a beautiful woman who watches him shift back into his human form and promptly passes out. When Kerri awakens, she feels immediately connected to a man she’s pretty sure she saw change forms from bear to human. She can’t explain why she feels drawn to him, but he can. He’s a quad shifter, part of Santa’s sleigh team, and she’s his fated mate. For a human who never realized that shifters, or Santa, were real, Kerri has to make a choice…fast. Either she’s waiting when Sullivan gets back from the Christmas Eve run, or he’ll leave her behind. Will Sullivan get his Christmas wish for Kerri to accept being his mate and join him in the North Pole, or will this be a blue Christmas for everyone?
R. E. Butler - Blitzen's Fated Mate
On Christmas Eve, romance writer Charli watches as something plummets into the woods behind her home. When she investigates, she discovers an injured reindeer who quickly transforms into a man. When arctic shifter Arian’s sleigh harness breaks during the Christmas Eve run, he knows he’s lucky to be alive after the fall. But he’s even luckier to have found his fated mate in the alluring human, Charli. When Arian contacts his people to tell them the news, he’s surprised to discover they don’t believe that Charli is his mate and are coming to see him before dawn on Christmas Day. Arian refuses to consider a life without Charli and will do whatever is necessary to ensure they’ll be together forever.
R. E. Butler - Comet's Fated Mate
Quad shifter Vaughn didn’t know what it would be like to meet his fated mate, but he never expected a workaholic bar owner to be so immune to his charms. His beasts are going crazy now that he’s finally found Holly, but she’s not interested in anything he has to offer. He’ll have to figure out a way to get her to see him as more than a bartender and employee. Holly isn’t interested in anything but keeping her bar from financial ruin. She knows her sister, Ivy, isn’t happy, but she can’t seem to dig herself out of the mess left behind when a contractor skipped town with all her savings. When Vaughn, the sexiest guy she’s ever met, wiggles his way into her life, she finds it hard to keep her distance. She doesn’t have time for romance, but his kissable lips are making it difficult to think of anything else. Vaughn wants to share his shifting nature with her and make her his mate, but he has no idea how to scale the walls she’s erected around her heart. Vaughn needs a Christmas miracle to make Holly see the light. Too bad all the magic is up in North Pole City.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón - The Shadow of the Wind
Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.
R. E. Butler - Cupid's Fated Mate
Roi, an arctic shifter who calls North Pole City home, has watched four of his friends find their fated mates in the human world. He wants nothing more than to join them…to find the one woman on the planet meant for him, so that they can start their life together. When the father of one of the fated mate’s falls ill before Christmas Eve, Santa Claus is unable to send her home to visit because his magic isn’t powerful enough. When he calls his old friend Sandman for help, Sandman’s daughter comes instead. Dreama, who is as powerful as her father, agrees to take the fated mate and her shifter home. When Santa sends Roi along as a guard, sparks fly between Dreama and him. Dreama’s never met anyone like Roi, the sexy shifter who can change into four different animals. She wants to spend the rest of her life with him, but can a woman who walks in other people’s dreams get her own happily ever after? Or will an ancient law prevent her from staying in NPC? Only Santa knows if her dream will come true.
R. E. Butler - Dancer's Fated Mate
An invitation to spend Christmas with her cousin and her family is too good for Gabriella Fitzpatrick to pass up. When she awakens in the early morning hours and can’t go back to sleep, she walks into the front room and faces a polar bear, who miraculously changes into her cousin’s husband. Declan, the second position on the sleigh team, has been waiting forever to find his fated mate. Five of his friends have already found theirs, and he knows it’s just a matter of time before he finds the one female on the planet for him. Just before dawn on Christmas Eve morning, he answers a call in the security office. One of the shifters who lives in the human world shifted in front of a human and doesn’t know what to do. Mrs. Claus tells Declan to use magic to wipe the human’s memories. When Ellie wakes up, she vividly remembers watching a bear become a human. Declan promises she wasn’t hallucinating, and that he can also change into animals, including one of Santa’s reindeer. He calls her his fated mate and takes her to North Pole City to show her the truth of his world. Will she be willing to stay in NPC with Declan, or will she want to stay in her world forever?
R. E. Butler - Dasher's Fated Mate
When Mrs. Claus sneaks away from the North Pole on Christmas Eve, Santa sends out a security team to bring her home before dawn on Christmas Day. The team follows the tracking beacon in Mrs. Claus’s coat to downtown New York City, finding her in the crowded streets of the human city. They hustle her into an alley and use magic to take her home to North Pole City. Merri Blevins has had a rough night. Not only was her adorable elf costume unavailable at the costume store, forcing her to take a Mrs. Claus costume, but she’s late for a Christmas Eve party in New York City. It’s cold, it’s crowded, it’s late, and a crazy woman dressed just like Merri bumps into her and nearly sends her toppling into the gutter. Could her night get any worse? When Rhys is called by the security team to return to his bedroom after the Christmas Eve run because of a problem with Mrs. Claus, he realizes immediately that the woman wearing the traditional red dress is not Mrs. Claus but his fated mate. She’s human. She’s pissed. And he has to take her back to her human world before dawn or she’ll be trapped in North Pole City for a year. Can Rhys convince her to give him a chance to prove his worth as a mate, or will Merri demand she be taken home immediately? Only Santa knows what the future will bring.
R. E. Butler - Donner's Fated Mate
Jack, a quad shifter from North Pole City, has come to the human world on the advice of Mrs. Claus, who is certain he’ll meet his fated mate at a small-town bar. Ivy Donovan just wants to write music and sing, feeling most at home with her beloved guitar on her knee and a song in her heart. After parting ways with her bandmates on less than friendly terms, she’s been the Holly’s Bar house band all by herself. When Jack takes a job at the bar, he can’t keep his eyes off Ivy. She calls to his beasts, and he knows in his heart that she’s his fated mate. He takes her to a remote cabin to get her away from the toxic mess her former band created. A walk in the woods takes a terrifying turn, and he’s forced to change forms in front of her to protect her. In the snowy dark night, Ivy has to make a choice – run away, or stay with the only man who has ever truly touched her heart. Can she lay her heart on the line for a man who has a larger-than-life secret, or will this be the last time she has a chance at love
R. E. Butler - Vixen's Fated Mate
Mire, the Vixen position on the sleigh team, has watched three of his friends and fellow shifters find their fated mates. He holds out hope that he’ll find his fated mate soon, but since he’s able to leave North Pole City for only twenty-four hours every year, he’s not sure when he’ll meet his one and only. When a non-quad shifter survives a near-fatal accident two days before Christmas Eve, they discover he had an affair with a human woman and had a child with her. Mire is tasked with bringing the daughter to NPC to meet with Santa Claus. What Mire doesn’t count on is that she’s his fated mate. Noelle Jackson has known her whole life that she wasn’t entirely normal. Born with pointed ears, that her mother had altered with plastic surgery, she’s always felt out of place. When a dark-haired, gorgeous man shows up at her apartment and tells her that he can take her to visit her injured father, she jumps at the chance. She feels connected to the mysterious Mire, whose eyes flash from brown to gold whenever he looks at her. When Noelle is magically whisked away to the North Pole, she feels right at home for the first time in her life. In a place where the magic is real, can Santa Claus grant Noelle and Mire their Christmas wish to spend the rest of their lives together, or will her father’s deceit mean NPC is closed to her forever?
Crystal Dawn - The Second Son
Matt was Ariel's second son. He was the responsible one that was always ready to help. Now he had choices to make about his future. Would he pursue the she-wolf he was drawn to or would he let her go? If he didn;t decide soon, the choice would be out of his hands.
Crystal Dawn - The Prodigal Son
She had come into his life dirty, abused with killers on her tail. His mother had saved her and he had discovered his mate. Her father was a pack alpha and hard to please. Even the son of the white wolf herself didn't seem to be good enough for him. Danny and Dru would fight her father to be together, but he turned out not to be their biggest challenge. Could they win against the rogue threat that used those close to Dru against them? Would her past and his blood be impossible to overcome? It's never easy when you're a white wolf, but some things are worth fighting for.
Crystal Dawn - The Doctor and the Daughter
Clint isn't heartbroken that Milton ended up with Ziva. They were just really good friends. He is, however, stunned when he meets Libby, Ziva's daughter. The attraction he feels to a female who is his patient is so strong it's scary. Libby likes the doctor but he doesn't seem to like her. That's okay because she has a newborn to concentrate and an ex-boyfriend to deal with. There's also the matter of planning a future for herself and the little one. Romance can wait. Two stubborn souls meant to be together, but everything is trying to keep them apart.
Crystal Dawn - The Forgotten Ones
When Ariel’s friends convince her to go out for a ladies night with them, she doesn’t realize her whole life is about to change. She meets Blake, a handsome enigmatic man hiding a big secret. That’s alright, because she has some secrets of her own she has no intention of sharing. The problems start when the secrets begin to come out and their lives become hopelessly entangled. Their relationship brings Ariel the attention she has hidden from for years and exposes her to an evil she never believed was real. Will the secrets revealed, tear them apart? Or will they discover a love that will stand the test of time? Will Blake’s ex-girlfriend cause him to regret meeting Ariel? Or will the men who chase Ariel, catch her, taking her from him forever?
Crystal Dawn - Sealed With a Kiss
Manning feels lost when he's sent into retirement from his SEAL team. It's finally time to turn to his family and rediscover his roots. Prissy is a strong female in the pack Boomer, and Opal, who is Manning's mother, lead. Manning annoys her from the start, but an attraction heats up between them. When they go into the world of blood drugs undercover, will it push their relationship forward, or end it completely?
Crystal Dawn - Nigel & Bekka
Nigel has his hands full trying to convince Bekka that they are soul mates. He even kidnapped her so he could spend more time with her. If that doesn’t show he’s serious, what would? If he can help her put her past behind her and avoid a bunch of interfering relatives and rogues, maybe they can make things work. Bekka is still mourning the loss of her husband sixteen years later. She has met a sexy, demanding wolf who tries to convince her they were meant to be together. She feels drawn to him, but she had her true love and lost him. She’s not sure she deserves another chance at happiness and she isn’t sure she wants to be a wolf which is what will happen if she accepts Nigel into her life. Can she let logic go and just follow her heart?
Crystal Dawn - Milton's Mate
Milton meets his mate, but he's unsure if he should pursue her. She's his sister, sort of, but that's not the biggest problem. He's too young to settled down with one female. Why did this have to happen now? Ziva is just going on a dull family visit. She meets a hot young guy on the plane and has a slightly flirtatious involvement with him. She'll never see him again right? Sometimes it seems everything goes wrong when you're a white wolf.
Crystal Dawn - His Harpy
Ina Sue and Matt have been married for years but there are still secrets between them. She's tried to confess, but he thinks she's joking whenever she brings up supernatural discussions. How can she share her deepest secrets when he won't take things seriously? Others bring danger to her people and now she must make him believe for all their sakes. Matt is forced to reconsider a change to werewolf. He loves his new wife and for her, he will consider accepting the supernatural world. Once he does this, nothing will ever be the same again.
Crystal Dawn - Drake's Desire
Drake had waited patiently for his chance to mate with Charlotte, his sister in law's sister. Things kept getting in the way until he took matters in hand. Now she would be in his territory where she would be under his control. Charlotte wasn't completely comfortable around drake but she could handle him if he got out of line. He might think he could charm her into his way of thinking, but she wasn't going to let him get by with a thing. When white wolves are involved, it's never easy, but it's always worth the trouble in the end.