Free Short Stories

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The Cannibal Princess


Sometimes, while I’m working away on something else, I start to wonder how Sascha and Lucas from Slave to Sensation are doing. What generally happens then is that I write a scene from their lives. Since these scenes don’t really connect in the sense of being complete stories – they’re usually fleeting glimpses, like you’d see through a window, (maybe a page or so long), I generally don’t post them up. But this particular scene ended up being close to a short story, so I thought you might enjoy seeing it.


A Gift for Kit


This short story comes after Hostage to Pleasure and before Branded by Fire.

“Kit!”

Kit pulled a pillow over his head.

“Kit!”

“What?”

 


A Conversation


This takes place some time after Mine to Possess.

Teijan sucked back a beer and glanced at Zane, the sand warm against his bare feet. “Aneca’s growing up fast.”

The other man leaned against the rocks and shook his head. “I blink and she’s bigger. I’m almost scared to look away.”


The Party


I absolutely love this deleted scene from Branded By Fire! The reason it didn’t make it into the book is that while it’s heaps of fun, the reason for it – to show how close Mercy is to her pack – was something that was already apparent through the rest of the story.

I hope you all enjoy!

 


Star Kissed


This stand-alone short story was originally written for the February 2008 edition of Germany’s Love Letter magazine.

The first time Mac Tanner saw Cass Hamilton, he was six years old and she was ten.

“Mama,” he said, “I’m going to marry that girl.”


Wolf School


This scene was originally written as part of Play of Passion, but I think it works quite well as a fun short story. I hope you enjoy!

A few hours after her discussion with Hawke, Indigo glanced around the clearing and felt her heart warm with pride. The young soldiers lounging in a rough semi-circle, their legs stretched out and backs against the trees, were all strong, smart and honorable. She’d be happy to have any of them at her side in a fight.

 


Movie Night


A glimpse into Judd and Brenna’s life when they have a night to themselves, no Pack business to handle and no enemies at the door. This story slots in a few months after Caressed By Ice ( not long before Branded By Fire).


Stalking Hawke


Hawke walked down the corridor, well aware he was being followed by stealthy little wolf paws—or paws that were trying to be stealthy in any case. Inside him, the wild predator who was his other half opened its mouth in a wolfish grin.

 


Christmas in the Kitchen


Timeline: This story slots in before Bonds of Justice, and is part of my informal series that explores the everyday lives of the characters, away from politics and turmoil and tension. These are the stories of the hidden moments, glimpses through the window of their continuing lives.

I love writing these, and I hope you continue to enjoy reading them. This particular story ended up being a bit longer than my usual shorts, but I didn’t want to split it into two parts and hey, it’s the holidays. So find a comfortable spot and settle in. :-)

For those of you unfamiliar with the Psy-Changeling series, this story features several members of the DarkRiver leopard pack, including two sentinels (the most senior members of the pack aside from the alpha).


Clean and Dirty


This story is an entry in my ongoing series of vignettes exploring the everyday lives of the Psy-Changeling characters – glimpses through the windows of their day to day world.

Clean and Dirty features Vaughn and Faith. For those new to the series, Vaughn is a jaguar changeling and a sentinel in the DarkRiver pack, while his mate, Faith, is a cardinal F-Psy or foreseer (born with the often painful ability to see the future…though she also has a more fun ability, as you’ll see in this story).

Timeline: This story happens around the same time as Play of Passion, but it stands totally on its own.

 


Weapons Training


For those of you unfamiliar with the Guild Hunter series, this story features Galen, Weaponsmaster to the Archangel Raphael, and Jessamy, Historian of the angelic race and teacher of their young.

For Guild Hunter fans, this story takes place during Archangel’s Kiss, after Galen has just completed a training session with Elena.


Pancakes


Timeline: A shorter version of this story was originally a scene in “Texture of Intimacy” and features SnowDancer healer Lara and her Psy mate Walker.

Lara rose to an empty space in the bed beside her and the smell of something delicious wafting in the air. “Mmm.” Pulling on a pair of loose yoga pants and a T-shirt, she sighed at her crazy morning curls and decided since Walker had already seen the wild mess more than once, she might as well just run with it.



Making Dinner


This is set around the same time as the start of Heart of Obsidian but contains no spoilers for that book. It features Mercy and Riley from Branded By Fire.


Sunday Morning


This is set around the same time as the start of Heart of Obsidian but contains no spoilers for that book.It features Sophia and Max from Bonds of Justice.

 


Naya’s Most Important Visitors


Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t yet read Kiss of Snow, you might want to save this short story to read later.

This is part of my series of shorts focusing on the everyday lives of the characters, away from politics and danger. Set soon after Naya’s birth, this short story features…well, I’ll let you read it for yourself! I hope you enjoy. :)


Zoe's Workshop


Spoiler Warning: This short is set after Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter #6), and contains spoilers for that book, so if you haven’t yet read it, save this story to read afterward.

“Zoe’s Workshop” is part of my ongoing series of shorts about the everyday lives of my characters, away from the darkness and intensity of the main storylines. I love visiting with them, and I hope you do, too. :-)

Characters: Sara (former hunter, now Guild Director), Deacon (formerly a hunter charged with bringing down rogue hunters, now weapons-maker to mortals and immortals both), Zoe Elena (Sara and Deacon’s daughter).

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