Included in this omnibus are all 9 novelettes:
Wake-Up Call (#1)
Carnival Games (#2)
Nursing Wounds (#3)
Nun Too Gently (#4)
Tied in Knots (#5)
The Road to Hell (#6)
High Spirits (#7)
Club Dead (#8)
The Ghost of a Chance (#9)
...plus a bonus short story about the ghost hunters!
This novel is intended for mature audiences.
BONUS STORY: The Spirit of the Forest
Molly and R.J. visit a national park and meet an absentminded “daughter of the forest.”
Xylia sang for us as the moon rose, a form of entertainment that I was so eager to stop that I nearly kissed her just so her mouth would be occupied with something else. I think R.J. had the same idea, because as one song finally petered to a close, she slipped a finger under one of Xylia’s ghostly hemp bracelets and said in a low tone, “You have a beautiful voice.”
“Thank you,” she said. “Do you want to hear anoth—?”
“How about we dance for the moon goddess now?” I said, jumping out of my seat. I didn’t think I could stand to hear another verse.
I stripped out of my T-shirt as fast as I could, tossing it aside. My pants quickly followed it, as did my socks and shoes, until I stood shivering in the blue light of the ghost lamp. R.J. raised her eyebrows at me, smirking, and I flushed. I’d never been so eager to get naked before, and I knew she knew it.
“What do you think, goddess?” asked R.J., her tone smooth as honey as she brushed her fingers over Xylia’s hand. “Shall we dance for you?”
Marjo wants to get her hands on a special book at the library, and her girlfriend Kendall wants to get her hands, and much more, on Marjo.
BLACKOUT by Giselle Renarde
Zahra can't concentrate on her own housewarming party once quirky Casey shows ups. In stark contrast to all Zahra's jaded friends, this slender red-head is ebullient and carefree as a grown-up Pippi Longstocking. When a blackout shuts down the city, the new home-owner is enthralled to introduce Casey to a new world of sensuality. But you know what they say about assumptions, and Zahra soon discovers her mistake . . .
A FIST FULL OF FUN by Dominique James
Siobhan has planned a special surprise for her submissive lover Julia's birthday, a way in which they can confirm their mutual love by proving they can cast aside jealousies. Siobhan has arranged for several of their lesbian friends to use Julia in any way they want, and Siobhan promises not to be jealous. After visits from most of them and a day of sexual delight and torment, along comes local LGB Charity organizer Imogen, who turns out to be far more dominant than Siobhan; so much so she takes over both of them.
Werewolf (3,600 words)
Tracy wants to prove to her boyfriend that she can be independent and that she doesn’t need a man to take care of her. She plans an overnight camping trip out in the middle of the forest completely alone. Tracy soon learns that she’s not as alone, or as dominant, as she thinks.
The Centaur Herd (3,700 words)
Kara walks out on her cheating husband and her old life. Their romantic getaway to Greece has failed horribly. She never imagines the fantastical adventure that the fates are about to deliver to her. When Kara discovers a tribe of Centaurs, she also discovers her true purpose.
Troll Under the Bridge (3,600 words)
Frustrated Jill goes on a long hike to burn off some pent-up energy. Along the way she crosses an ancient stone-carved bridge. Jill quickly learns that passage over the bridge incurs a toll, and there’s a massive Troll ready to collect his due.
In the Dragon's Lair (4,000 words)
Dating the sexually conservative Devin has been challenging for Julie. He’s also enigmatic about how he came by his wealth and why he lives alone up a mountain. Julie decides to find out the truth once and for all. When she accidentally provokes his true self, will she be able to handle it?
Imaginary Friend (3,500 words)
Jenna grew up with an imaginary friend named Mike. Now that she’s older, Jenna wants to meet a real man who can make a woman of her. However, Mike is more than just imaginary. And he wants to be much more than just friends.
It could all have ended there, with the one bold act of exhibitionism, but Layla isn't satisfied. She strides up to the woman's front door and knocks. What follows is a night of passion she will never forget.
This story contains explicit lesbian content.
Dancing wasn’t my strongest suit. I was more of a bob in place kind of girl. I learned how to grapevine in middle school and I’ve hung on to that skill like a lifeline.
Valentine pulled me about halfway into the crowd, to a place where we could dance without too much extra contact. Drink in one hand, she put the other on my waist, and pulled me into her, her hips moving sinuously against mine. I tried to match her rhythm but couldn’t. I sloshed half of my drink over my hand before I managed to pull away. Valentine shook her head and leaned in close to me.
“Close your eyes,” she yelled. “And pretend you’re having sex!”
I looked at her dubiously, but she gave me such an insistent look that I sighed and did as she said.
I closed my eyes and let my head loll back, feeling the heat of the room press itself in on my body. I felt the brush of Valentine’s hands on my hips as she moved to stand behind me, pressing the length of her body into my back. Her hands pressed my hips, gently but insistently, and slowly I picked up the rhythm, my hips and waist making languorous figure eights in time with her own. It did feel like sex—matching her rhythm like that, her warmth pressed against me, moving in time.
This 10,000 word novelette is intended for mature audiences.