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Happy Valentine’s Day – Romantic Free Reads

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day one and all. We hope you are all enjoying the chocolate if nothing else :).

We have two free short stories for you today, one ghostly tale of lost love from Sophie, that is too long to be in a post, so it is available to download from Smashwords, and another, a humorous paranormal romance that is below.

Phantom Love

by Sophie Duncan

When Ben promises to show his cousin, Ellen, a ghost, the pair set in motion a series of events that lead them into a terrifying encounter. Yet, within her fear, Ellen finds a purpose, and it is to find out what Millicent Van Curren, shot by her lover, wants from them.


Phantom Love is book 1 in the Inspired By… Series, where each story is prompted by a memory.

Motivation by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Motivation

by Natasha Duncan-Drake

“Don’t tell me you’re torturing him again.”

Dee looked over at the wolf sitting with his head on the table, balefully watching her with his big blue eyes.

“I am not torturing him,” she said, turning to Tobi and accepting a quick kiss from her girlfriend, “the puppy eyes are not trying to wheedle something out of me, he’s stuck and he did this to himself. I told him not to come in, that I was practicing complicated magic, but did he listen to me?”

She didn’t bother keeping the exasperation out of her voice.

“Oh, Will, what have you done now?” Tobi said, walking over and giving the wolf a rub on the head.

He whined in response.

“So why haven’t you turned him back?” Tobi asked.

“I can’t,” Dee replied. “I don’t actually know what changed him into a wolf. He’s part fae, the magic will wear off eventually and it’s too dangerous to mess around.”

“How long is eventually?”

“A day, maybe two, a week at most.”

“Deadre, you cannot leave our third as a wolf for a week,” Tobi said in a tone that Dee found entirely unnecessary. “We’re supposed to be going to my parent’s this weekend and, like that, Will will shed everywhere.”

“This was not my fault,” Dee defended herself. “I told him three times not to open the door, and yes, it was locked, but you know nothing can keep him out if he wants in. It’s his major talent.”

The wolf made what could almost be taken as a scoffing noise at that.

“Not the point,” Tobi said and put her hands on her hips.

Her hair had also started turning dark brown at the ends which, when it came to dryads, was not a good thing at all.

“Okay,” Dee did her best to placate her volatile girlfriend, “if he doesn’t change back by tomorrow we’ll take him to Shallaka. If anyone can figure out how to turn him back it will be her.”

The ends of Tobi’s hair began fading back to green.

“You really don’t know how?”

“Sorry, no,” Dee admitted. “I was practicing a spell for a new piece.”

Dee specialised in using magic to create art, and she was becoming quite well known in the field. Some people thought having a degree in magecraft and using it to make sculptures and paintings was a waste of power. Her parents for one. They had been horrified, but she couldn’t help what she loved doing most. She could have gone out and gone into industry, the military or police work, like most of her classmates, but she’d met a Bolshie dryad and a mischievous half-fae who liked to encourage her to follow her dream.

“I was focusing on a subconscious image, trying to get it to manifest, and Will walked in and interrupted my concentration. Unfortunately I was right on the point of casting. I don’t know if the subconscious image was a wolf, so that’s why he ended up that way, or if the magic found the wilder part of his nature and just went with that form.”

It wasn’t that Dee couldn’t turn people into animals, it was just she hadn’t done this deliberately. Will was a natural shapeshifter, so it was quite possible the spell had activated that, but she couldn’t be positive. Magic was nothing to mess around with unless you were sure.

“Damn, and I was hoping for a good hard shag tonight,” Tobi said, which made Will sit up and wag his tail. “I suppose you and I could improvise, Dee darling.”

Dee couldn’t help it, she burst out laughing. Will looked crest fallen at the idea he might be left out.

“Do you think about anything else?” she asked with a wry shake of her head.

“It’s spring,” Tobi replied, “all dryads are horny in the spring.”

“And what about the summer, autumn and winter as well?”

“My tree is very fertile,” Tobi said, doing a very good impression of affronted, “it’s just nature.”

Will yipped hopefully.

“Sorry, Sweetie,” Tobi said, “but I draw the line at bestiality.”

“Is it technically bestiality if he’s not a real animal?” Dee asked, laughing at Will’s dejected expression.

“As far as I’m concerned, yes,” was the very sure answer. “Shame, what I was after was a big hard …”

Will sparkled round the edges, there was a small explosion, a large puff of smoke and wolf became man. Admittedly a man coughing as he inhaled magical residue, but he was definitely no longer canine shaped.

“Works every time,” Tobi said with a big grin.

“Told you it would,” Dee said, she’d been texting her girlfriend for the last half an hour.

“You ganged up on me,” Will accused.

“Only because I knew the best chance of getting you back quickly was your own magic,” Dee told him and held out her hand. “You just needed the right motivation to activate it.”

Will was incredibly powerful when it came to magic, the only problem was, he had little to no control over it. Dee had been positive since the day she had met him that it was a mental block brought on by years of abuse from his fae relatives (they were not fond of half-breeds). She and Tobi were working on helping him with it. Sometimes they used less than orthodox methods.

“So, I am still a horny dryad,” Tobi said with such an innocent smile it should have been illegal, “shall we take the afternoon off?”

“One of the reasons I love you is you have great ideas,” Dee said and let Tobi pull her out of her chair. “Come on wolf-boy,” she added and grabbed Will’s hand on the way past, “you still need to apologise for interrupting my creative moment.”

“I’ll do my best,” Will promised.

A triad was not a common occurrence, a triad from three different species was even rarer, but Dee loved how theirs worked.

The End

All Hallows Read – Free Book – Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

All Hallows Read 2017
Free Book
Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

Every year at this spooky time we like to support All Hallows Read and give away a free book to our trick or treating visitors. All Hallows Read is a movement supported by the great Neil Gaiman to promote the joy of reading by giving away a scary book instead of candy.Pumpkin

Since it’s very hard to give candy through an internet connection, we think this is a win/win idea and have been supporting it since 2012.

We have a spine tingling book for you this year with two spooky stories to get your blood pumping as things go bump in the night!

Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

Looking for Luticia by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Lucy is the host of a successful ghost hunting TV show, but their latest location is going to be a lot more haunting than she or her crew have ever dealt with before.

Lost in the Dark by Sophie Duncan

Evelyn Edness is a medium who works for the dead, helping them to move on from the limbo of an eternity as ghosts. Kate Grange has come to ask for her help.

The book is free at Smashwords today ONLY. Tomorrow is goes up to 99c, so grab it while you can.

Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law
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Happy Halloween!

We hope you have lots of fun with costumes and candy and all the wonderful things about this time of year. Stay safe and enjoy the spooks and scares.

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Birthday Bargains! 50-100% OFF eBooks

Birthday Bargains! 50-100% OFF eBooks

It’s our¬†birthday ūüôā

We have decided to celebrate by giving back to our readers and having a 1 day sale on our eBooks.

Most of our 99c books are FREE today and our other books are all 50% off.

The links below will take you to Smashwords where you can use the code below each book at the checkout stage and it will give you the listed discount. Smashwords has formats for all eBook readers.

Instructions for those unfamiliar with uploading files to their eReader:
Kobo | Kindle | Nook (FAQ Library 12.)

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Code: YK56E ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: NL76B ($3.99 $2.00)

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Code: DB24G ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: TR76G ($2.99 $1.50)
And of course there are still our permanently free books as well.

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Share a Scare – Free Fiction – Halloween Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to the Share a Scare Halloween Blog Hop 2015. All the participants will be sharing something scary, be it scary fiction, a scary real life story or some scary art, so be sure to check out all the sites on the hop after you have seen our offering. (We are also part of the Trick-or-Treat Blog hop – scroll down further to see that as well)

We have taken part in All Hallows Read for the past three years and this year we wanted to continue, but also to have a blog hop which includes art and other scary things as well, hence the Share a Scare blog hop was born.

This year we are giving away our new eBook – Parting the Veil. It will be available for download for the entirety of the 31st Oct 2015, but after that it will be gone, so GET IT NOW below.

There are two versions of the book, one for visitors to the site and one for our subscribers with an extra story in it – if you would like the second version, please subscribe to our newsletter and the links will be sent to you.

Parting the Veil by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-DrakeParting the Veil
by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake

Worse than Death by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Death frightens everyone, but there are worse things than death lurking in dark corners.

Family Matters by Sophie Duncan
Julie is 14. She’s at boarding school while her mum and new husband are preparing for their first baby together. Abandoned alone at school for half term, Julie finds she has a new companion. Alice is a school girl like her, only, Alice is dead, and her intentions for Julie may prove fatal.

Geoffrey by Natasha Duncan-Drake
(Subscribers’ bonus story – to get the version of the book with this story in please subscribe to our mailing list)
Mel is house sitting for her best friend Beverly, but Beverly forgot to mention the family ghost before hand.

Download links:
Kindle | ePub | PDF

Many thanks to everyone who visited and downloaded our free offering.  The giveaway is now over. Parting the Veil is now available on Amazon Kindle for 99c.

Instructions for those unfamiliar with uploading files to their eReader:
Kobo | Kindle | Nook (FAQ Library 12.)

Don’t forget to visit Sophie at Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles and Tasha at Tasha’s Thinings for more scares as well and then check out all the other participants in the hop.

Happy Halloween *cackles wildly*…

Share a Scare participants:


Today we are also part of The Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop – where the idea is to give away books instead of candy to those who comment.

Trick or Treat Blog Hop
The Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop

These are the books we have on offer for Trick-or-Treaters (click the cover to see the main book listing :

The Beginning - Vampires The New Age, Sequel 1
The Beginning
Book of Darkness
Book of Darkness
In the Event of Death
In the Event of Death
When Darkness Beckons
When Darkness Beckons
Cursed- A Horror Collection
Cursed

 

Please comment and let us know which one you would like and whether you would like a Smashwords Code (with this option, if you lose the file you can always download it again) or a direct email of the book to you. Smashwords offer most formats and if you have the direct email you may choose Kindle, ePub or PDF – please choose when you comment.

Trick-or-Treat Participants:

Share a Scare – Halloween Blog Hop 2015 – Come And Sign-Up!

Share a Scare - Halloween Blog Hop

Welcome to the Share a Scare Blog Hop 2015 – Sign-up Post

This hop is for bloggers, authors and artists who like a good spine tingling¬†supernatural something¬†and is in honour of all things Halloween. It is inspired by All Hallows Read,¬†where the idea is to give away a scary book to encourage reading, and we thought after doing it for three years that we’d broaden the concept a bit ¬†this time around. ¬†Woohooooahhhhhhahhhh – yes, that was our impression of a ghost.¬†

Everyone is welcome to join in.

Rules for participating

  1. Put one of the Blog Hop buttons (either the 150x150px or the 200x200px) somewhere on your blog – see below for the copy and paste code.
  2. Add your blog to the Share a Scare list at the bottom of this post.
  3. On the 31st October 2015 make a post with a free (slightly) scary, supernatural story/art of some kind in it.
    1. Bloggers, feel free to recommend/review a free supernatural story (example M.R.James has lots of free ghost stories on Amazon), or recount a real life ghost story, or an urban legend, or a local ghost story or something along scary lines.
    2. Authors, write a free supernatural flash fiction, or give away a book for free. Monsters, paranormal, ghosts, demons – your imagination is the limit, but we’d prefer if it was a little spookyish.
    3. Artists, give us the heebiejeebies with your art.
  4. In your post on the day make a link back to this post (https://www.wittegenpress.com/wp_main/share-a-scare-halloween-blog-hop-2015.html) or post the list of other participants using the code at the bottom of this entry.
  5. Tell ALL¬†your friends … well okay, you don’t have to tell them all, but if you would pass the word around about the blog hop, now and on the day, that would be great.

Share a Scare Buttons and Code

Share a Scare 2015
150px x 150 px

This is the code for 150x150px:

Share a Scare 2015
200px x 200px

This is the code for 200x200px:

Share a Scare participants:

If you would like to have the list on your page as well, please use this code:


And all you Authors out there, here is another wonderful blog hop you might be interested in:

Trick or Treat Blog Hop
 

The Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop
The idea is to give away some of your books instead of candy to those trick-or-treating around the hop.

AtoZChallenge 2015: Z is for Zachńôcińá (encourage)

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press ZAtoZChallenge 2015: Z is for Zachńôcińá (encourage)

Yes, we completely cheated with this one. ¬†Zachńôcińá is Polish for ‘encourage’¬†(at least Google tells us it is, we hope we haven’t made a huge faux pas) and today we’re talking about books we wrote for All Hallows Read.

All Hallows Read is, as its name suggests, an event that takes place over Halloween, and it is a celebration of reading, where folks give a scary story to someone (young, or old) to encourage them to read. We heard about this event, which is supported by Neil Gaiman, three years ago and, as you’ve probably gathered by now if you’ve been joining us during the AtoZ, we’re fans of horror. Thus, we decided¬†to¬†create special books of short, spooky stories that we could give away¬†FREE over Halloween.

Thus, to finish our AtoZ, we have not one, not two, but three FREE books for you, the three sets of stories we have written for All Hallows Read, six creepy stories in all.


FREE eBook Offers

In The Event of Death by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-DrakeIn The Event of Death by Natasha Duncan-Drake & Sophie Duncan

Code for FREE download at Smashwords*: XL62S

The Visitor by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Alice is spending the night in a dreary little seaside guest house, which is hell, and the last thing she expects is a late night visitor, the significant word being ‘late’.

Ruderbaker by Sophie Duncan
Ellie meets Jack and he tells her and her friends a story of the ghostly, horror kind and sometimes stories have consequences.


When Darkness Beckons by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-DrakeWhen Darkness Beckons by Natasha Duncan-Drake & Sophie Duncan

Code for FREE download at Smashwords*: DK72J

Catcher of Souls by Natasha Duncan-Drake
When Miles sets foot inside The King James pub he knows instantly there is a disembodied soul in residence. The question is, is the soul responsible for the deaths that have happened on the site or were they just accidents. It’s Miles’ job to catch troublesome lost souls, but when danger strikes he might just be too late.

Some Things Are Stranger… by Sophie Duncan
Life is weird enough for Jake being a werewolf on the run from The Pagan Dawn, ruthless hunters determined to wipe out all ‚Äėparanormal scum‚Äô. His luck runs out when he is ambushed after a Halloween party and, badly injured, he dives into the shadows of an abandoned warehouse with his pursuers on his heels. Yet, Jake discovers that he is not alone and his encounter with a goofy hobo, who talks about the place being haunted, teaches him that all strangeness is relative.


Cursed - A Horror Collection by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie DuncanCursed: A Horror Collection by Natasha Duncan-Drake & Sophie Duncan

Code for FREE download at Smashwords*: FW63P

If Wishes Were … by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Essie and her friend Beth are taking a trip to commiserate Beth’s loss of yet another boyfriend. When they visit a spooky old graveyard and Essie makes a wish on a haunted mausoleum, things don’t turn out how she expected at all.

Happy Families by Sophie Duncan
Bridget loves Happy Families, so when she finds an old pack in a junk shop she buys them. She lives to regret it, as strange and nasty things start to happen to her house-mates.

*Click Smashwords link to go to the book on their site. Click the buy option. Put the code in the Coupon Code box, click ‘apply coupon’ and the book will be free. Coupon is only guaranteed to be valid for 30th April so please use immediately.

¬†Our other AtoZ blogs:¬†Tasha’s Thinkings | Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles| FB3X (AC)


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AtoZChallenge 2015: X is for eXplore

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press XAtoZChallenge 2015: X is for eXplore

Welcome to our theme here at Wittegen Press this year, ‚Äėwhy‚Äô, specifically, why have we, as authors, written the titles we have. And, each day, the book we‚Äôre talking about will be FREE.

The book I’m talking about today is The Need in Me, a paranormal romance with some scary mystery thrown in.

The reason I wrote this book, that’s easy, I wanted to write a story where a ghost and a human shag. ūüôā That may sound a bit blunt, but that was the essence of it – I wanted to explore the intricacies of corporeal meets incorporeal. And, being a fan of male/male erotica, the couple concerned are a young artist, Rob, who has just moved into his first flat in London, and a¬†supernatural visitor who joins him in his new home.

Rob doesn’t take to being haunted, not at first, he does what any sensible person does when faced with an unknown presence, he legs it out of his flat. That is only the start of Rob’s adventure, though, as his haunter has a wrong to right and he’s going to do it through Rob.

There is more to the story than sex, I promise, as I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, I can’t write PWP’s. There’s some heartbreak, new friendships and a centuries’ old secret to uncover.

In you opinion, can ghosts be sexy?


FREE Book Offer

The Need in Me by Sophie DuncanThe Need in Me by Sophie Duncan

Code for FREE download at Smashwords*:  JW47U

Struggling artist, Rob, has come to London to make his name. However, moving into a flat in an old house, he finds himself with some unwanted attention. Someone else is sharing the flat with him, someone he can’t see, but whose terrifyingly erotic presence makes itself known. After a series of very direct messages, Rob must head back to his home county, Cornwall, to discover who lies behind the heady encounters.

*Click Smashwords to go to the book on their site. Click the buy option. Put the code in the Coupon Code box, click ‘apply coupon’ and the book will be free. Coupon is only guaranteed to be valid for 2nd April so please use immediately.


¬†Our other AtoZ blogs:¬†Tasha’s Thinkings | Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles| FB3X (AC)


AtoZChallenge List 2015 click to see other participants.


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Curse of a Banshee
Sophie Duncan
Assassin's Blood
Natasha Duncan-Drake
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