Glass Slippers and Jeweled Masques

Twisted Fairy Tales

Book 4
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 "You can't be serious?"
"Amerasha needs stability," King Alenzo Coranthaos reminded his only son. "Our future lies with you!"

Michel Alexandros Coranthaos, heir to the island nation of Coranthis, turned from the castle window to look intently at his father. He tried to keep his voice even and free of the irritation that was coursing through his veins like a living thing. "Father, you are in the prime of your years, hardly on the verge of dying of old age. I fail to see why you think it so necessary for me to marry and produce offspring!"

His father's shoulders stiffened at the words and Michel sighed inwardly. He schooled his expression to careful neutrality and waited for the rebuke he sensed was coming to him.

"Why do you think it so necessary to remain unmarried, Michel?"

Startled by the calm question, he took a few moments to seriously consider the question. He could be flippant about it, or he could for a change be honest. The expectancy in his father's eyes decided him and he crossed the distance between them.

"I don't think it's unnecessary, father. I simply choose to wait for a woman I can love and respect, someone I can share my life with, as you did with mother."

Alenzo looked at his son, and nodded, expression grave.

"I wish to see you happy, Michel." He held up a hand to ward off the reply Michel was about to make and smiled, albeit with sadness. "You have played the carefree prince for many years, but there is an emptiness in your life that needs to be filled. Tell me this is not truth? If you can?"

Michel stared, genuinely surprised by the turn of the conversation. He'd answered his father's summons with the expectation of another of their increasingly frequent arguments. Instead, he was being accorded a direct honesty that had once been the core of their relationship, but had often been lacking in years. He sat down and for a few moments he remained silent, then he leaned back in the comfortable chair and nodded.

"There is no sense denying what you say, father. I am not a happy man," he admitted, then laughed with real bitterness. "I don't lack for attention, but it feels very hollow."

Alenzo nodded. "It's time to bring a bride to you, my son."

Michel frowned, and waited for the trap to spring. He should have recognized the change in tactics, his father was a supreme manipulator.
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Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, I began writing at an early age and can’t recall a time when I wasn’t creating in some artistic form. My life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write, the American West, Victorian England, cowboys, a passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other endless love affair in my life is Italia and all its magic, beauty, and dazzling culture. That passion spills into all aspects of my life. 

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Apr 25, 2014
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Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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Triselle has survived a winter of devastating snows. Spring has come,
and with it, unending rain. The land is dying, along with any hope for
happiness. Drawn to her lord’s castle, Triselle leaves her father’s farm
and finds herself in a magical world under a curse.

Lord Vanir suffers as a man transformed into a hideous beast. The
appearance of lovely Triselle threatens to send him deeper into his
living hell. Her adventurous spirit and accepting heart surprise him,
however. Somehow, she sees through his ugly countenance to the noble,
generous man hidden within.

Can they find love despite adversity? Or will the curse condemn them both?  


Story Excerpt

What noise disturbed his slumber? The portcullis lifted!

Vanir heaved himself from bed, and trudged to his window. The portcullis
had not moved since January. Had his curse been lifted? Running a hand
over the rough chest he would never accept as his own, he issued a
disappointed growl. If the curse remained, then who…what…entered his

Sheets of rain hindered his visibility. Soon, the drops waned, and he
discerned a figure moving through the outer bailey. A female figure. His
salvation? Perhaps another means of increasing his torment.

Sighing, he wrapped a fur about his shoulders as she passed from the
outer bailey to the inner. She seemed to have no purpose as she
meandered along Trade Row. Who was she? Had she come here for a reason
or had she simply stumbled upon his nightmare?

Plaited hair hung past her hips, and her clothing seemed plain. She
stepped to his inner bailey and her gaze followed the stone walls of his
donjon. Her upturned face revealed large eyes and truly fair features.

His stomach dropped. She had come to increase his despair.

Clamping his jaw until his teeth ached, he planted fists upon the
window’s stone embrasure. A companion for the first time in six months.
Why did she have to be a beauty? A lovely maiden would shun his hideous
countenance. Scream from one look at him. Despise his presence within
his own walls.

From the gateway, metal against metal rang out, echoing within the solid
walls of his baileys. Already she ran for the exit. Not a good sign.

Denyse Bridger takes you into the dark and dangerous world of ancient vampire Alexander and the mortal woman of his obsession, Amberlaine Calvert. They will stop at nothing to feed the flames of their obsession in Descent Into Darkness, a passionate tale of love, lust, and revenge

Spanning almost two centuries Descent Into Darkness is the erotic love story of an ancient vampire and the mortal woman who is his obsession.

Alexander DeLenoir is an ancient creature of the night, born in a betrayal that has left him without conscience or morality. He’s witnessed history that is now myth. Throughout his long life, Alexander has seldom sought companionship, and never has he looked for love. He has kept two of his immortal children with him, through whatever means necessary, and is not intending to expand his family.

Arriving at a small Massachusetts town after killing the sailors on their ship, the vampire trio meets the mysterious and lonely wife of the innkeeper, and Alexander is entranced by her beauty and her indomitable spirit. In Amberlaine Calvert, he senses a nature as dark and depraved as his own seeking freedom. Despite the protests of his companions, Alexander takes her and in adoration of him finds an obsessive kind of happiness.

When the town slowly awakens to the evil among them, a bloody slaughter ensues, and Amberlaine is forced to see the madness that will define her life with Alexander. Yet, in spite of her fear, she is obsessively devoted to the powerful vampire, and the darker things she feels lurking within her are about to be unleashed by a hunger even greater than her passion—the thirst for revenge against those who dare to threaten their existence...
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