After Zara disappears on the eve of the royal wedding, Adrian's orders are to stay and maintain the alliance with L'Ortagia. But Sidony's effect on his powers and his heart becomes too strong to deny. When he has a chance to rescue his family and throw off his royal ties, will he take it, knowing he'll have to leave Sidony? Or will the dark prince abandon his past to be with the one woman who brought his cold heart to life?
Ainsley Wynter's debut novel, Kissed at Midnight, is the first in her fantasy romance series, The Lost Royals. Kissed at Midnight was a 2016 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Finalist in paranormal romance. Royal and not-so-royal families vie for control while facing an ever-growing population of humans who possess magical powers.Ainsley lives in the Midwest with her awesome husband, three wonderful kids, and three (mostly) cuddly cats. In her spare time, she loves dancing, baking, gardening, and, of course, reading.
Is to set something on fire.
Synonyms: light, ignite, set alight, set light to, set on fire, set fire to.
To arouse an emotion or inspire a feeling:
"A spark of love kindled within me and set my emotions on fire."
Synonyms: arouse, awaken, stimulate.
Once upon a time, long ago when tales of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves were bedtime stories, and Scheherazade was titled Queen of 1001 tales in 1000 nights, there was a Prince who dared to wish for something more than a kingship.
When Bianca Ebony Grey was just a little girl, she was taken in by her grandmother Katrina Grey, after both of her parents were killed in an automobile accident. She was raised with love and affection, but no matter how old she got, whether it be six, twelve or twenty-five she was forbidden to touch the ancient Arabian teapot. Until eventually her grandmother passed away and Bianca was forced to pack up her house.
Biting her lip in trepidation, she reaches up onto her tip-toes to takes ownership of her grandmother's most prized possession. Studying the intricate patterns adorning the creation she turns it this way then that as she whispers to herself.
"I wish I understood why Grandma Grey forbid me to touch you?"
Bianca gasped as the teapot heated and steam began to pour out of the spout. She then choked on her gasp as a half-naked man appeared and demanded to know, "Who dares to summon Shibari?"
In payment for her past services to his people, Kyler the leopard shifter has entered into a life of servitude far from his forest home, allowing the Witch Queen to tap his magic to power her ever darker spells. Factions at Court are threatening to turn the Queen to the Shadow. Her increasing demands for magic will cut short his nearly immortal lifespan. Kyler’s resigned to his fate until the day he crosses paths with the new arrival, whose secrets and magic entice and attract both man and leopard. Has he met his mate at last?
The Queen will never willingly release him from captivity. Caitlyn’s goddess refuses to grant her any delay in accomplishing her own task. Can they locate the magical gem, fight the Shadow and win free of the Witch Queen to earn the right to be together?
It’s not like Abby’s going to tame me. Right?
Forced to live in hiding after his family is assassinated, Prince Callum of Embury leads the rebellion to restore his family to the throne. Knowing only grief and revenge, Callum searches for a chance to destroy the king and rebuild his alliances.
A protective princess...
For Princess Zara of L’Ortagia service to her people comes first, while hiding her magical abilities. When the queen commands her to wed the Emburian heir, Zara flees the night before the ceremony—ready to aid the rebels, protect her country from a madman, and discover whether the dashing man who helps her escape is truly who he says he is.
Two passionate hearts...
On the run from the king’s forces, Callum and Zara form a fragile alliance while fighting a growing attraction. Torn between their allegiances and their passion, they find solace in each other. But can the magical princess and the rebel prince find a way to build a kingdom together?
Lyr might be a powerful elven lord in charge of thousands, but his personal life is a disaster. Just the month before, a daughter he’d never known existed arrived from Earth, giving him news of his lost love’s death. Since then, he has been betrayed, captured, and almost murdered. And though his enemy was defeated, Lyr’s wounds never seem to heal. He certainly doesn’t need more conflict.
A perilous journey
Amid the glittering perfection of Alfheim, Meli is a dismal failure. Haunted by visions of people and places she’s never seen, she struggles to find her place. So when her king orders her to lead an expedition to another world, Meli is caught between shock and terror. How can she navigate the Veil between worlds with no magic of her own? But with Alfheim threatened by strange, dark energy, she has no choice.
A threat that spans worlds
The last thing Lyr expects is the arrival of the Ljósálfar, the reclusive Norse elves of Alfheim. More surprising? One among them, Meli, is a possible soulbonded, a link he’d believed lost with his previous love. But wounded and besieged with problems on every side, he can’t let himself be distracted. Poisoned energy is flooding into the closely connected realms of the fae, causing sickness, and Lyr must rush to find the source of the threat.
Only Moranaia remains untouched—leading Lyr to suspect one of his own people might be to blame.
A Carpathian who has seen nearly everything in his endless existence, Vikirnoff didn’t think he could be surprised anymore—until he faces a woman who rivals him as a vampire hunter. A formidable and gifted warrior in her own right, Natalya has a nature that is strangely familiar—yet alien—to his own. Who is this mysterious female who fears no one—not even him? Natalya could be the key to the survival of the Carpathians, but all Vikirnoff is certain of is that she is the key to his heart and soul...