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Freebies: Short Stories/Novellas

 

Here you'll find a selection of stories written to accompany our books. Some of them have appeared in print, under contracts that allow us to republish them after a certain amount of time. Others were written specifically as thank-yous to our readers and debuted here. To read, just click on an image of the cover art below. Or, if you prefer an ebook, follow the links to download a free copy from Smashwords.com. Have fun! 




Lover's Knot

(WIP)


Lover's Knot


This is a work in progress, details
here. New chapters every Thursday unless I forget, in which case yell at me over the blog or something. Enjoy!







Shitty Beer



This is an odd little thing, somewhere between a short story and a deleted scene. It started when a reader wrote my page on Facebook to ask “I’m rereading Claimed by Shadow again and I’m curious, how exactly did Pritkin describe Cassie to Mac? I’ve always wondered.” So here’s the answer, plus a little bit more.



Shitty Beer

"Shitty Beer" contains some fairly significant spoilers for Claimed by Shadow,
the second Cassie Palmer novel.


Also, b
ecause this short wouldn't make a lot of sense to non-readers, it isn't being put on Smashwords/Amazon etc. However, a reader generously donated her time to make some e-versions possible (thanks, Nicholi!)

Click here for PDF

Click here for .mobi

Click here for epub

Click here for .docx









Zombie's Bite


When Dorina Basarab, half human, half vampire, assassin-for-hire, hits New Orleans, she thinks it's for a typical job: take out a mad master vamp before he can wreak havoc on the city. But when the elusive master suddenly shows up at her hotel, things get complicated, especially when Dory realizes that the murder he has in mind is his own! And that the Big Easy is ab
out to get a whole lot harder.


Zombie's Bite





For the ebook of "Zombie's Bite", go here.

"Zombie's Bite" is a Dorina prequel novella, featuring Dory, Mircea and Kit Marlowe. It can be read at any time, although there are a few slight spoilers for Midnight's Daughter.



For a large size version of the cover art, go here.





Updating Pritkin

Sartorially elegant our war mage is not. Is there anyone who can help? Anyone . . .



Updating Pritkin

"Updating Pritkin" was originally done as the conclusion to a contest on the blog (you can find the contest on the Funny tab of the News page, but it's not needed for enjoying the story). It is relatively free of spoilers, but because of one important issue, should be read after Hunt the Moon.

Because of the images used in the story, this cannot be put on Smashwords. However, a reader generously donated her time to make some e-versions possible (thanks, Nicholi!)

Click here for a PDF

Click here for .mobi

Click here for the .docx

For a large size version of the cover art, go here.








Shadowland



For the ebook of "Shadowland", go here.


"Shadowland" is a novella set between Curse the Dawn, Cassie Palmer #4, and Hunt the Moon, Cassie Palmer #5. It contains spoilers for Cassie Palmer books 1-4. It should be read after "A Family Affair", the first novella in the series, available below.



For a large-sized version of the cover art, go here.






In Vino Veritas

For the ebook of "In Vino Veritas", go here.

"In Vino Veritas" was our contribution to the Chicks Kick Butt anthology
(June 2011).  It is now available here as a free short 
as per our contract with the publisher. 


Contains spoilers for Midnight's Daughter, Dorina Basarab #1
and Death's Mistress, Dorina Basarab #2.




The House at Cobb End

For the ebook of "The House at Cobb End", go here.

"The House at Cobb End" is set prior to the beginning of the Cassie Palmer series. It nonetheless contains spoilers for all five books.  




A Family Affair

For the ebook of "A Family Affair," go here.

"A Family Affair" is a novella set between Curse the Dawn, Cassie Palmer #4, and Hunt the Moon, Cassie Palmer #5. It contains spoilers for Cassie Palmer books 1-4. The sequel is "Shadowland", available above. 

For a large-sized image of the cover art, go here.


The Gauntlet

For the ebook of "The Gauntlet," go here.

For a large-sized image of the cover art, go here.

"The Gauntlet" is the prequel to "The Queen's Witch" (below).


The Queen's Witch

For the ebook of "The Queen's Witch," go here.

For a large-sized image of the cover art, go here.


The Day of the Dead

For the ebook of "The Day of the Dead," go here.

For a large-sized image of the cover art, go here.

Contains spoilers for Touch the Dark and Claimed by Shadow.