Monday, December 21, 2015


Santa brought something just for you

A Big Bewitching Book Tours Sale

20% Off Any 2016 Tour Package 

Scheduled Before December 25

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can not be combined with any other offer, sale or special pricing


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Coming Soon A New Paranormal Romance: Wolf's Blade: The Paladins, Book 1 by Clare Dargin



A New Contemporary Erotic Wolf Shifter Romance Novel by Clare Dargin




Available December 28, 2015.  But you can Pre-Order Your Copy Here:  Buy Link

Blurb:  Samantha Dixon rescues a wounded wolf shifter in the woods near her home … and unwittingly gets drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a murderer. Callum Blake is on the trail of an evil man who would be king of all wolf kind, no matter the cost … it’s up to Callum to stop him. 

How can Callum fulfill his duty to protect his pack and save the woman who is destined to be his mate? 

Filled with passion, action, and suspense, Wolf’s Blade is Book 1 of Clare Dargin’s new paranormal romance series, The Paladins.

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Coming Soon from Liquid Silver Books, December 28, 2015.   Pre Order your copy today!  

http://www.lsbooks.com/pre-order-coming-soon-romance-books-c322.php

Monday, December 7, 2015

Download your Free December Issue of Bewitching Book Tours Magazine



Holiday features include: Alphas Unwrapped, Easy Ideas for a Merry Green Christmas by Wenona Napolitano​, The Jolly Elf by Roxanne Rhoads​, ReGift with Class by Wenona Napolitano, Holiday Flash Fiction A Sleigh Ride Home, Holiday Gifts for the Undead in Your Life by Kory M. Shrum​, and Top 10 Gifts for the Author in Your Life by Lisa Beth Darling​.

Other features this month: The Limits of the Imagination in Paranormal Romance by Sharon Buchbinder, Top Ten Time Travel Tales by Kevin B. Henry, Crestfall: A Novel of Earth and Fire by Lily St. John McKee, and Under the Gaze of the Basilisk by Laura Bickle​.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Kindle Freebie November 27-28 Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts




Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts 
A Collection of Cocktail and Dessert Recipes
Edited by Roxanne Rhoads

Paperback: 50 pages

Publisher: Bewitching Books

ISBN-10: 1502947013

ISBN-13: 978-1502947017
ASIN: B00PE0BNES

Book Description:

Stir up a little magic from our cauldron full of cocktails and desserts. 

The authors of Bewitching Book Tours conjured a collection of delicious potions inspired by their books and characters. 

Grab your wand (or spoon) and cast one of these spellbinding recipes today.


Available at Amazon

Includes recipes by Sharon Baylis , Ami Blackwelder , Cassandra Lawson , Susannah Sandlin, Cherrie Mack , Maggie Mundy , Suzanne Johnson , Katalina Leon , Kay Dee Royal ,
 Sophie Avett , Elizabeth Loraine , G.L. Ross  , T.W. Kirchner ,  Roxanne Rhoads  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 2015 Issue of Bewitching Book Tours Magazine



The November Issue of Bewitching Book Tours Magazine features Laura Bickle’s latest release, Mercury Retrograde, Book Two in the Dark Alchemy Series. Read an excerpt and learn about The Top Ten Weird Things in the Wild West. 

This month you can also read about Crafty Green Christmas Tips and Ideas by Wenona Napolitano, The Devil Made Me Do It with K.A. M’Lady, Worldbuilding with Ann Gimpel, 5 Reasons We Love Pirates with Suzanne Johnson, Four Feast Till Darkness Series with Christian A. Brown, Top Ten Hollywood Witches with Rosa Lee Jude, Haunting Inspirations with Lisa Acerbo, ARe Books’ November Releases and It’s Halloween All Year in the Pumpkin Patch with Roxanne Rhoads.




Monday, November 16, 2015

Hot Holiday Erotica by Roxanne Rhoads


Tasty Christmas Treats 
Roxanne Rhoads 

Holiday Erotica/Short Story

Publisher: Bewitching Books; 2 edition 

Publication Date: November 24, 2015

ASIN: B017T3G8HO

It's the night before Christmas Eve and all the naughty elves have been working hard in Kelly's upscale adult boutique. Santa Kelly is exhausted and in desperate need of a night off to spend some quality time with her sexy husband, Marc. 

But just as Kelly and Marc's holiday fun starts getting really heated, an emergency phone call from one of Kelly’s employees interrupts the festive fun. Her oversexed cousin, Chrissy, is up to no good, and wreaking havoc in Kelly’s shop. 

Can Kelly convince Chrissy that her store is not a brothel before the cops shut it down? Will Kelly and Marc ever get to finish their passionate Christmas rendezvous? 

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Fangs for the Holidays 
A Vehicle City Vampires 
Short Story 
Roxanne Rhoads 

Publisher: Bewitching Books 
Release Date: November 18, 2014
ASIN: B00PE7QANU

Book Description:

After spending the day baking holiday goodies Anwyn drops by her vampire boyfriend Galen's home so they can spend some quality time together. 

He is surprisingly enticed by the smell of baked goods on Anwyn's skin which leads them to a drama filled discussion about family holiday gatherings, the other man in her life...and eventually to very hot holiday sex. 

The events in this story take place between book one, Hex and the Single Witch, and book two, Hex and the City.

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Candy Cane Thrills 
Roxanne Rhoads


Publisher: Bewitching Books 
Release Date: October 14, 2014

ASIN: B00NYN7OUO

Genre: short story Christmas erotica

Book Description:

Adrienne has a little Christmas seduction planned. She dresses up in naughty red velvet lingerie for her boyfriend Marcus. 

But it turns out that she's not the only one with sexy shenanigans in mind. 

Marcus has been thinking along the same lines, and he has a delicious Christmas treat in store for her.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

October Issue Bewitching Book Tours Magazine



Bewitching Book Tours Magazine is back with a Halloween Horror Issue full of Bewitching spotlights, excerpts, reviews, recipes, and Halloween fun. Learn how to make Halloween a little more “green”. Read about the connection between vampires and Halloween…and read Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.

We have special features from Booktrope’s Forsaken Horror Line and ARe's Wicked Tales.

Author features include: How Horror Stories Saved A Lonely Kid with Michael J Bowler, Learn The Story Behind the Story- the Kitsune with Maureen O. Betita, Read about Humor in Horror with Merry Freer, Raven Familiars with Laura Bickle, and Cooking for Paranormals: It’s Bloody Hard Business with Suzanne Johnson, Mina Khan, and Megan Hart.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Hot Halloween Erotica by Roxanne Rhoads

Halloween in New Orleans, where anything can happen including love and magick.


Eternal Desire
Roxanne Rhoads

Publisher: Bewitching Books  

Release Date: April 14, 2015 (2 edition)

ASIN: B00VWIQGFM

Paranormal researcher Liz Beth's dreams are haunted by a sensual vampire.

She arrives in New Orleans the week of Halloween in search of her elusive dream lover, but instead finds a handsome stranger.

They begin a passionate affair. Soon she is torn between dreams and reality, lost somewhere in the middle trying to regain reason.

She aches to find the vampire of her dreams but can't seem to break free of the spell her sexy stranger has her tangled in.


Eternal Desire is available at the following ebook retailers



Amazon   iTunes   Scribd   Inktera   Kobo   Nook 




Halloween Surprise 
Roxanne Rhoads 

Publisher: Bewitching Books 
Release Date: October 14, 2014

ASIN: B00ODDW58U

Length: 16 pages

Genre: short story Halloween erotica

Book Description:

Alcina and Estra are ready to enjoy everything Halloween has to offer them – food, fun, and, most of all – the pleasures of the flesh. 

After enjoying each other’s bodies for hours they decide it’s time to find a man. Luckily for Michael he’s the one that happens to cross their path. After quickly deciding that he is exactly what they were looking for, they convince him to take them back to his place for a wild Halloween ménage ‘a trios. 

He ends up getting more than he bargained for with a sexy, but shocking, Halloween surprise...

Contains f/f and f/m/f sexual situations


Available at Amazon 



A Halloween to Remember
Roxanne Rhoads 

Publisher: Excessica

Genre: short story Halloween erotica

Book Description:

What says Halloween better than a wild party at an old Victorian mansion complete with its own cemetery?

Perhaps meeting the man of your dreams thanks to the magic of Halloween.

Adena can’t believe her eyes when she spots Dimitri in the library- he looks like something straight off the cover of a historical romance novel-the type of guy she’s always dreamed of. Too bad he disappears before she has the chance to introduce herself. When she finally spots him again later that night she decides she’s not letting him get away again.

Adena thinks she’s finally found the one. Until she wakes up alone the next morning- in the cemetery.

Halloween magic brought them together but will it be strong enough to keep them together?

Available at Amazon


Monday, October 5, 2015

Kindle Freebie October 5-9 Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts




Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts 
A Collection of Cocktail and Dessert Recipes
Edited by Roxanne Rhoads

Paperback: 50 pages

Publisher: Bewitching Books

ISBN-10: 1502947013

ISBN-13: 978-1502947017
ASIN: B00PE0BNES

Book Description:

Stir up a little magic from our cauldron full of cocktails and desserts. 

The authors of Bewitching Book Tours conjured a collection of delicious potions inspired by their books and characters. 

Grab your wand (or spoon) and cast one of these spellbinding recipes today.

Available at Amazon

Includes recipes by Sharon Baylis , Ami Blackwelder , Cassandra Lawson , Susannah Sandlin, Cherrie Mack , Maggie Mundy , Suzanne Johnson , Katalina Leon , Kay Dee Royal ,
 Sophie Avett , Elizabeth Loraine , G.L. Ross  , T.W. Kirchner ,  Roxanne Rhoads  

Monday, September 28, 2015

Brewing up a Halloween treat for you!

October's going to be extra sweet again this year! I'm holding my annual Halloween bash on my blog at catemasters.blogspot.com, and you're invited. There'll be plenty of goodies for everyone - tasty recipes, authors sharing chilling tales of spooky moments they can't forget, and best of all, books.

Visit every day for new posts. Many authors are offering giveaways, so don't miss out.

And if you're an author and would like to participate, I still have a few dates open. Email me at cate.masters AT gmail.com and I'll set you up.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Eternal Desire by Roxanne Rhoads on Sale for .99

Halloween in New Orleans, where anything can happen including love and magick.

Eternal Desire
Roxanne Rhoads

Publisher: Bewitching Books  

Release Date: April 14, 2015 (2 edition)

ASIN: B00VWIQGFM

Paranormal researcher Liz Beth's dreams are haunted by a sensual vampire.

She arrives in New Orleans the week of Halloween in search of her elusive dream lover, but instead finds a handsome stranger.

They begin a passionate affair. Soon she is torn between dreams and reality, lost somewhere in the middle trying to regain reason.

She aches to find the vampire of her dreams but can't seem to break free of the spell her sexy stranger has her tangled in.

Eternal Desire is available at the following ebook retailers


Amazon   iTunes   Scribd   Inktera   Kobo   Nook 




Monday, August 17, 2015

Bewitching Book Tours Sale


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Friday, July 3, 2015

Feast of Fates .99 Sale


Feast of Fates
Four Feasts Till Darkness
Book One
Christian A. Brown

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Date of Publication: September 9, 2014

ISBN: 978-1495907586
Number of pages: 540

Word Count: 212K

Book Description:

"Love is what binds us in brotherhood, blinds us from hate, and makes us soar with desire.”

Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her--visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land.


With Morigan growing more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.


Available at Amazon and Createspace

About the Author:

Christian A. Brown has written creatively since the age of six. After spending most of his career in the health and fitness industry, Brown quit his job to care for his mother when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2010.

Having dabbled with the novel that would eventually become Feast of Fates for over a decade, Brown was finally able to finish the project. His mother, who was able to read a beginning version of the novel before she passed away, has since imbued the story with deeper sentiments of loss, love, and meaning. He is proud to now share the finished product with the world.






Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's a Brand New World




Ever been interested in writing within a shared world? Do you like wolf-shifter stories? Then this open call is for you!

Dawn has come to Los Lobos and a nearly decimated wolf pack has found its feet again. Drew Tao has ousted his father, the Alpha, reclaimed his mate, and is determined to make things better than they ever were before. Decadent Publishing invites you to join the Black Hills Wolves pack. 

E-mail submissions at submissions@decadentpublishing.com, and request your copy of the Black Hills Wolves bible, which outlines the series. These are shorter stories, 18-35K in length. See the books already published here.

Friday, May 15, 2015

May Issue of Bewitching Book Tours Magazine




Check out the free May issue of Bewitching Book Tours Magazine- filled with author interviews, excerpts, author advice and more.

Flip through the pages and discover Interviews with AD A.D. Marrow​, Laila Blake​ and L.C. Spoering​, TW T.w. Kirchner​, MJ M.J. Rose​;  Character Interviews with Desy Smith’s Cast of The Talented; Ghosties, Ghoulies, and Samhain with Ann Gimpel​; What makes Heuer Tick with AB A.b. Funkhauser​; I’ve Got Designs on You with Nelli Rees; Flash Fiction with Kyoko M; Eco Summer Fun with La Mamma Verde Wenona Napolitano​, and you’ll find Roxanne Rhoads​ in the Naughty Nook.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kindle Freebie April 16-20 Insatiable by Roxanne Rhoads



Insatiable
Roxanne Rhoads 

Scarlett’s need for sex is insatiable but in her small town such appetites are frowned upon. 

She packs up and moves to the big city so she can quench her desires and satisfy her hunger. She never expected to find a man who is her equal. 

Marcello’s appetites for pleasures of the flesh match her own. Scarlett has never known love, only desire, yet Marcello leaves her wanting more than just sex. 


Can true love and unquenchable desire exist together in a non- monogamous relationship? 



Available at  Amazon

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Kindle Freebie April 9-13 Paranormal Pleasures II Ten More Tales of Supernatural Seduction



Paranormal Pleasures II
Ten More Tales of Supernatural Seduction
By Roxanne Rhoads

Genre: Paranormal Erotica

Publisher: Bewitching Books

Release Date: May 27, 2014

Award winning author Roxanne Rhoads brings you ten more tales of supernatural seduction featuring demonic desires, wanton witches, voluptuous vampires, and ghosts with grave needs…

Four brand new, never published short stories have been combined with six previously published, freshly edited tales to give you a collection of hot paranormal erotica you can really sink your fangs into.

Scent of a Vampire

Aidan has searched several human lifetimes for his perfect mate. Now that he’s found her, he refuses to let go. He must make Gabrielle see they were destined to be together.

Immortal Flame

An off duty fire fighter encounters a sexy vampire in what he thought was an abandoned house.

The flames that ignite will leave them both scorched…and aching for more.

An Unexpected Evening

Samuel is a centuries-old vampire who prefers to be a recluse. He is always afraid of losing control and becoming the monster he once was. Falling in love with a young witch has pushed his boundaries and pulled him out of his comfort zone.

Katerina always encourages Samuel to be more open, to let loose, and to really "live" instead of only existing in the shadows.

One night, he finally grants her wish . . . in ways she never imagined.

Underneath the Fangs

Samuel is being framed for murder. Katerina knows he is not guilty but she has to convince Samuel that he is not a monster and that he is worthy of her love.

Cemetery Seduction

Abby, a half witch, half vampire whose powers go awry in a club, has to run, afraid that the Others, who are policing all human/magick interaction, might put her in jail. She ends up in a cemetery, jumps behind a bush and lands right on top of a very sexy ghost hunter.

No Place I'd Rather Be

Sonora is torn between a human and a vampire. How can she choose between the man who makes her feel safe and the vampire that makes her blood race? Sonora prays to the Goddess for guidance while harboring secret desires that her broody vampire, Brom, and her brawny human, Avery, can get past their jealousy and be willing to do more than just share the witch in the middle.

Can the Goddess grant Sonora's wish, or will she be stuck making an impossible choice?

Blood, Lust and Shadows

Vampire/succubus hybrid Allana is on the prowl looking for a bloody snack and a sexy energy boost. While strutting her stuff in a dark parking lot she encounters a yummy Latino who makes a lovely meal. She also encounters something else that puts her senses into overdrive.

Complete Circle

Lissette is a vampire who has lived with her succubus girlfriend, Cassandra, for a long time. She swore off relationships with men after being viciously raped by the vampire hunters who killed the love of her life and left her for dead.

Lissette and Cassandra only use men to get what they need, blood for Lissette and sexual energy for Cassandra. They are completely satisfied with their lives- until a mysterious stranger comes along.

For the first time in centuries Lissette wants a man. Why is she so drawn to him? What is he?

Much more than a mere mortal, Gabriel has been searching for Lissette and Cassandra for a very long time. They have what he needs, what no one else can give him.

But will they be willing to share?

A Package Deal

Chloe needs to get out of the city- fast. So she buys an old farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere- with one stipulation. The caretaker gets to stay. She readily agrees thinking it’s an old man that won’t give her any trouble.

Ash is definitely not what she expected.

My Demon Valentine

Elita wants to give her demon boyfriend a Valentine’s Day to remember. Connor was built for giving pleasure but Elita wants to turn the tables on that.

This time the pleasure will be all his.

Available at  Amazon

Cover Models: Victoria Nightshade and Sugar Monroe

Cover Photo By RSII Photography

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kindle Freebie March 30- April 3 Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts




Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts 
A Collection of Cocktail and Dessert Recipes
Edited by Roxanne Rhoads

Paperback: 50 pages

Publisher: Bewitching Books

ISBN-10: 1502947013

ISBN-13: 978-1502947017
ASIN: B00PE0BNES

Book Description:

Stir up a little magic from our cauldron full of cocktails and desserts. 

The authors of Bewitching Book Tours conjured a collection of delicious potions inspired by their books and characters. 

Grab your wand (or spoon) and cast one of these spellbinding recipes today.

Available at Amazon

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kindle Freebie March 26-30 Paranormal Pleasures:Ten Tales of Supernatural Seduction


Paranormal Pleasures 
Ten Tales of Supernatural Seduction

ISBN: 978-0615470382



Ten tantalizing, erotic tales of vampires, witches and demons grace the pages of this short story collection by Roxanne Rhoads.

Step into the darkness and let these tales tempt and tease to satisfy your paranormal cravings.

Eight of Roxanne Rhoads' previous eBook publications appear in print for the first time, along with two brand new, never before published tales of supernatural love and lust.


A Last Goodbye

New witch Marissa is learning the ropes of being one of The Others. One of her mentors is vampire Deirdre, a tall beauty who really irritates Marissa. Marissa is extremely pissed when she shows up to Dante's Ball and finds Deirdre there with Marissa's recent ex-boyfriend, Jeff. The one she was encouraged to break up with because of his humanity. Deirdre explains her reasons for bringing Jeff and offers to help Marissa say goodbye to him in a way none of them will ever forget

Overkill

Vanessa is tired of her boyfriend Simon’s promiscuous vampire ways and stakes him, repeatedly- not close enough to the heart to kill him but close enough to make it hurt. But now she’s had a change of heart and considers embracing the sexual world of the vampire instead of being jealous of it.

Witch in the Middle

Ariadne is a witch torn between two men, a vampire and a human. Her heart doesn’t want to choose but the men force her to make a decision that could break her heart, unless with the help of the Goddess all three of them can come to a mutually acceptable…and enjoyable agreement.

When It Storms

Devon’s witchy girlfriend becomes insatiable every time a storm rolls around and he’s more than happy to give her exactly what she needs.

Monster Inside

Shannon’s never seen her vampire boyfriend, Logan, vamp out before. Then one night he has to kill to save her life. Can she ever look at him the same way again?

The Questioning Concubine


Elita, a pure blood witch, has come home to find who or what killed her parents and to take her rightful place as the head of the coven. After five years of investigating and exhausting all conventional methods at her disposal, she decides to do the one thing a good witch should never do—summon a demon. The demon is not what she expected. Elita is soon swept up in his power… and her own.

Renata

The residents of the sleepy little town of Flushing, Michigan had no idea a vampire lived among them, seducing and drinking from all the men in town. Renata walked among them, blending in, taking only what she needed. One night, while she was on the prowl for fresh blood at a carnival, a handsome carnie caught her eye. She had no way of knowing he was a vampire hunter and was there for her.

Sea of Blood

Liana made Nerissa a vampire centuries ago in the islands of Greece but she’s never tired of her companion or the way she hunts her prey.


A Halloween to Remember


What says Halloween better than a wild party at an old Victorian mansion complete with its own cemetery? Perhaps meeting the man of your dreams thanks to the magic of Halloween.

Adena can’t believe her eyes when she spots Dimitri in the library- he looks like something straight off the cover of a historical romance novel-the type of guy she’s always dreamed of. Too bad he disappears before she has the chance to introduce herself. When she finally spots him again later that night she decides she’s not letting him get away again. Adena thinks she’s finally found the one. Until she wakes up alone the next morning- in the cemetery.

Halloween magic brought them together but will it be strong enough to keep them together?


Witching You A Merry Christmas


Witch Vicki has been leery of vampires ever since she was attacked five years ago. Daniel's a vampire and he's been secretly in love in with Vicki for two years ever since becoming Vicki's partner in The Guardians a supernatural group of paranormal crime fighters. Daniel loves Christmas and hopes the spirit of the holidays will soften Vicki's hatred of vampires and help her see him in a new light. Will he get his Christmas wish?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Free Read The March Issue of Bewitching Book Tours Magazine



The March Issue of Bewitching Book Tour's Magazine Features: Stuck in the Research Mudbog with Rachael Stapleton, When Fantasy and Reality Collide with Anise Rae, Writing Young Adult with Pembroke Sinclair, Poetry by Abigail Madison Chase, and The Naughty Nook featuring Dewdrops and Decadence by Roxanne Rhoads and Pin Up Files Photogrpahy by Steven Jon Horner

Featured Authors Include: Laura Bickle, Marina Myles, Ami Blackwelder, Ruth Fox, Tamara Linse, and Ann Gimpel.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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We have some of the best writers and storytellers around.  So, let our romances entice you while the supernatural takes you a ride you'll never forget.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cover Reveal Hex and the City: Vehicle City Vampires Book 2






a comparison of the original photo and the cover


Hex and the City
Vehicle City Vampires
Book Two
Roxanne Rhoads

Release Date: TBA

Exclusive Excerpt:

Who the hell was knocking on my door this early? I grabbed a robe and stumbled to the door. I had not even had coffee yet, someone better have one hell of a reason to be waking me up this early.
I opened the door to find my cousin and her demon boyfriend standing there. “Elita, what are you and Connor doing here?”
“Sorry to bust in so early, but I brought up The Darkness to Connor and he said we needed to come right over, because the story he has to tell is long and he doesn’t want to have to repeat it twice.”
I was shocked, and suddenly filled with hope. “You know about The Darkness?” I asked him.
“Make some coffee and we’ll all sit down and I’ll tell you what you need to know.”
“Annie, what’s going on? Who is here?” Mike stumbled out of the bedroom in just his jeans looking endearingly tousled. His muscled torso and chest were on display, his wavy hair was sticking up everywhere.
“Mike you remember my cousin Elita and her boyfriend Connor?”
His eyes widened a bit. He knew Connor was a demon…and Mike, being a Hunter, was not fond of demons. But he kept his mouth shut and sat down while I put on a pot of coffee.
Once it was brewed we all sat down, ready to listen to Connor’s tale.
“It is said The Darkness was born with the original Gods and Goddesses, brought forth from the elements into this world.”
“The original Gods and Goddesses?” I asked.
“The ones you always hear of- Allah, Yahweh, The Greek and Roman Gods so many stories are told of, The Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, and Christ who is so popular today. The Darkness is one of them. They were all born to the creators. The creators are the first of absentee parents for no one knows who or what the creators were or why they were never around much. After the originals were born they were spread around the world to be caretakers. But they had no one to rule. It was just land….and animals. The creators brought forth a new race of people from the animals, they were colorful and beautiful and had many talents tied to nature.”
“The Fae?” interrupted Elita.
“Yes, the Fae,” He continued. “The Originals mated with the Fae and new beings were born…demigods. Today these descendants are the court fairy. Other beings were born later that adapted to the land, evolved, became new species- witches, brownies, trolls, little people, etc. Humans eventually developed. They were weak without magick. The originals took advantage of this and decided they wanted to rule over them. Stories say it started with The Darkness, he was the instigator, the agitator. He wanted to create havoc and chaos. He encouraged Christ to push his brothers and sisters to the side so he could be ‘the one true god’. Christ created Angels, and they were his warriors who pushed back the forces of ‘evil’- who were the other gods and goddesses. Later Christ molded modern man into what he hoped would be his puppets to worship him, too bad free will can be a tricky thing and sometimes turned on him, thanks to The Darkness whispering sweet nothings into the ears of man. But that wasn’t enough for The Darkness, he was there when Lucifer jumped ship, he was there when Eve took the apple.”
“So you’re saying The Darkness is the origin of evil?” Mike asked.
“Of evil, of sin, he is the seed of true despair,” Connor sighed. “Most of the originals backed down when Christ took over. They slumber, forgotten by humanity for so long. But after two thousand years there is rumbling. The originals are awakening…humans are remembering them, worshipping them, calling them out of hiding. Christ’s children are calling him a failure and a fraud. War is brewing…and The Darkness revels in it.”
“How do you know all of this Connor?” I asked.
“Demons are one of the races born to the Originals and the Fae. We are the caretakers of knowledge. Think of us as librarians, genealogists. We are hoarders of history. We have preserved history from the beginning, from words on stone tablets, to cave paintings, to papyrus, to today’s modern digital recordings. Our vaults contain the history of the world.” He seemed so serious, which wasn’t Connor’s style, so he smiled and attempted to lighten things up a bit, “Plus demons are terrible gossips and eavesdroppers. We listen to everything and whisper it to each other.”
“So that’s the real reason people summon demons, because you guys squirrel away the secrets of the world?” Elita asked.
“Knowledge is power, it is currency. It is the one thing everyone seeks but not everyone has. We have it, all of it, at our fingertips. Of course not every demon has the keys to the vault. Some of us record only.”
I stood up and paced around the room, “Okay, you’ve told us a great story but what the hell does any of this have to do with mine and Elita’s parents? Or the prophecy? If The Darkness is an original God how would we ever be able to stop it?”
Connor shrugged his shoulders, “I don’t know, Anwyn. All I can give you is the history of The Darkness and rumors. I don’t know how your family or the prophecy plays into it all. I can do some digging into the vaults and see if I can discover anything useful. My clearance levels will not get me into the oldest archives but I will do my best to find answers.”
“Thank you, Connor.” I gave him a hug. Elita stood up and I hugged her as well. “We’re getting closer, Cuz. We will find out what happened to your parents.”
She smiled sadly. The truth was a long time coming and while we were closer, we were still so far away from anything that made sense.