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About Sylvia Mercedes
Sylvia Mercedes makes her home in the idyllic North Carolina countryside with her handsome husband, numerous small children, and the dynamic cat duo known as The Fluffy Brothers. When she’s not writing she’s . . . okay, let’s be honest. When she’s not writing, she’s running around after her little girl, cleaning up glitter, trying to plan healthy-ish meals, and wondering where she left her phone. In between, she reads a steady diet of fantasy novels.
But mostly she’s writing.
After a short career in traditional publishing (under a different name), Sylvia decided to take the plunge into the indie publishing world and is enjoying every minute of it. She's the author of the bestselling Venatrix Chronicles, The Scarred Mage of Roseward trilogy, and the romantic fantasy duology, Of Candlelight and Shadows.
Visit Sylvia online at:https://www.sylviamercedesbooks.com/
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A shunned princess. A reluctant king.
A marriage that could save both their kingdoms . . . but destroy their hearts.
Though she is the oldest daughter, Princess Faraine lives in the background, shunned from court and kept out of sight. Her chronic illness makes her a liability to the crown, and she has learned to give place to her beautiful, favored younger sister in all things.
When the handsome and enigmatic Shadow King comes seeking a bride, Faraine is not surprised that her sister is his choice.
Though not eager to take a human bride, King Vor is willing to do what is necessary for the sake of his people. When he meets the lively Princess Ilsevel, he quickly agrees to a marriage arrangement.
So why can’t he get the haunting eyes of her older sister out of his head?
Passionate and alluring, Bride of the Shadow King is an arranged marriage tale with dual point-of-view (his and hers). It’s perfect for fantasy fans looking for a touch of spice to go with the sweet in their next swoony, slow-burn romance.
Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Cruel Prince, this tale of a human girl stolen to be the bride of a doomed fae lord is irresistibly romantic!
Hers is a life without magic or romance. Until the night he whispers her name.
For years, Valera has worked weary hours as a seamstress just to keep food on the table. She would give her all to protect her little sister from the cruelties of the world . . . and the tantalizing lure of the fae forest. One day, she fears, the fae will spirit her sister away, and how can Valera hope to stop them?
Then the fae come. Not for her sister . . . but for her.
Trapped in a magnificent palace far from her own world, Valera finds herself the unwilling bride of an enigmatic fae lord. He claims he won’t harm her and vows to return her home after a year and a day if she honors one rule: she must never see his face.
Determined to return to her sister at all costs, Valera struggles to unravel the mystery of her so-called husband. Why does he so desperately need a wife? And why her specifically? Torn between love, duty, and the unexpected freedom she finds in this strange new world, Valera must fight to find her place.
But will a burgeoning passion for the unseen figure in the shadows be her undoing?
The Moonfire Bride is book one of a two-part fae romance inspired by the myth of “Hades and Persephone” as well as “Eros and Psyche.” Read today if you’re craving a dark, swoon-worthy hero and a sweet, slow-burn romance with just a touch of steam!
"Enthralling! This stolen bride fantasy hits all the right notes for me. Delightful, addictive, and utterly perfect." - USA Today Bestselling Author Sarah K.L. Wilson
A Stolen Bridegroom. A Determined Bride. A Love that will defy both Heaven and Hell.
Valera couldn’t have known the disaster that would fall when she betrayed her husband by looking at his face by candlelight. Now, it’s too late—he is taken from her to some faraway world. She doesn’t know where. She doesn’t know why. She doesn’t even know who kidnapped him.
But she will save him. No matter what.
Neither adventurous nor skilled with weapons like her younger sister, Valera nonetheless sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. An adventure that will take her journeying through worlds and confronting perils she is desperately unprepared to face . . . until at last she comes to the dark and twisted palace standing on the edge of Hell.
Is her love of Erolas strong enough to sustain her? Or will the final test prove too great?
Valera and Erolas’s love story comes to a stunning conclusion! Scroll up and one-click to read this romantic adventure today.
Life has only become more complicated for Clara following the Prince’s shocking sickbed revelations. With the ranks of the Vespre Librarians sadly reduced, the survivors are more hard pressed than ever to keep the deadly Noswraiths at bay. As the Prince’s search for new recruits comes up cold, everyone is stretched to the limits of their strength.
Then a face from Clara’s past shows up in the library: Danny, her childhood sweetheart. He’s determined to break her Obligation once and for all and bring her safely home. But the road he must travel to win Clara’s freedom is far more dangerous than he could ever anticipate.
Can Clara save Danny from the consequences of his own rash choices? Or will they both be lost in the darkness of the Nightmare Realm?
Fans of Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas are DEVOURING this series!
Return to the Doomed City Library with Clara and the Prince! Can they save Danny from the Nightmare Realm? Scroll up and one click to find out!
A Clever Thief. A Disfigured Mage. A Kiss of Poison.
Nelle longs for nothing more than to leave behind her thieving ways and pursue a life of honest work. But when her father lands himself neck-deep in debt, she must take on a dangerous job if she hopes to save his life . . . a job that brings her to the shores of Roseward Isle.
For fifteen years, Soran Silveri has fought to suppress the nightmarish monster stalking Roseward. His weapons are few and running low, and the curse placed upon him cripples his once unmatched power. Isolation has driven him to the brink of madness, and he knows he won’t be able to hold on much longer.
When a sharp-tongued, uncouth, and undeniably beautiful young woman shows up on his shore, Soran resolves to drive her away. He won’t be responsible for another death.
But Nelle is equally determined not to be frightened off by the hideously scarred mage. Not until she gets what she came for . . . .
Can two outcasts thrown together in a tangle of lies discover they are each other’s only hope? Or will the haunted darkness of Roseward tear them apart?
The Scarred Mage of Roseward is a COMPLETE romantic fantasy trilogy, inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.” Read now for swoon-worthy romance, breathtaking adventure, spooky thrills, and a sigh-inducing happily ever after.
"The Scarred Mage of Roseward will enchant you from the very first word. Sylvia Mercedes has created a lush fantasy world with the perfect amount of fairytale lore sprinkled in. If you love Beauty and the Beast, taciturn swoon-worthy heroes, and daring heroines, you need to pick up this book now! You won't regret it!" — Frost Kay, USA Today Bestselling Author of Young Adult Fantasy.
♥This book is NOT squeaky clean, but contains some PG13 steam and sensuality.
A brutal king. A gentle mage. A bond neither of them desires . . . nor has the strength to resist.
King Lodírhal has no choice—he must battle the human champion in single combat and save his people from slaughter.
Mage Dasyra also has no choice—she must serve her masters and channel the powerful magic in her soul for a chance to stop the deadly fae king.
But when they meet on the battlefield, these two adversaries discover they have bigger problems in store. For they are fated by the gods to be each other’s True Love . . . and the moment they lock eyes, the Fatebond awakens. Now all that matters is breaking the bond before it can be sealed for eternity.
Can these mortal enemies work together and survive the perilous journey to the Sundering Place? Or are the demands of fate—and the desires awakening in both their reluctant hearts—too powerful to be thwarted?
STOLEN MAGE BRIDE is the second book in Stolen Brides of the Fae, a collection of stand-alone short novels by eight of your favorite fantasy romance authors. Start reading these in any order for swoon-worthy romance, heart-stopping adventure, and guaranteed happily-ever-afters!
This stand-alone enemies-to-lovers romance is perfect for fans of Elise Kova and Holly Black.
She's his enemy. He's her target. But could they be each other's only hope?
Brielle owes Granny Dorrel seven years of her life. Seven years of slavery, serving as the ward witch’s huntress in the depths of Whispering Wood.
Dire is a werewolf, a former slave of Granny’s in his own right . . . and Brielle’s newest target.
Can these two enemies find a way to work together and undo the curses binding them? Or will the witch's hold on their broken hearts lead them to destroy one another?
Of Wolves and Wardens is a complete, stand-alone novel with a "happily ever after" ending. If you're looking for an emotional, character-driven romance with a healthy dose of action and adventure along the way, this is the book for you! While set in the same world as The Moonfire Bride, readers can start with this tale.
THE PRINCE AND THE LIBRARIAN . . .
Clara is an Obligate—a human servant at the Court of Dawn.
She doesn’t know why. She knows only that she broke the Pledge and must therefore spend her days obliging the every whim of a capricious fae princess. If she can keep her head down and follow the rules, she might survive to the end of her Obligation, spending her days working in the vast palace library.
But how can she stop devastatingly beautiful Lord Ivor from looking at her in that special way that makes her heart stutter? And how can she avoid the jealous fury of Princess Estrilde, who seeks to claim Lord Ivor for herself?
Most of all, how can she elude the conniving Prince of the Doomed City . . . who is determined to buy her Obligation for his own dark purposes?
Do you love all the lethal intrigues of a twisted fae court? Then don’t miss Entranced, book 1 of the Prince of the Doomed City series. Bargains and treachery abound in this tale of slow-burn romance and heart-pounding adventure about a roguish fae prince and a brave librarian.
Five years ago, Kellam left to study magic at the big city university. He promised he'd write every day.
He never did.
But Farryn isn't about to sit around crying her eyes out over the stupid boy who was once her best friend. She's got burgeoning magic of her own, and she's eager to learn how to use it. Surely a witch like Mother Ulla will be the perfect teacher, right?
Mother Ulla is delighted to have an apprentice around to scrub floors, weed the garden, make meals, and wash her many strange witchly implements. But this apprenticeship is not what Farryn had in mind.
Frustrated, she begins to dabble in magic on her own . . . and accidentally attracts the attention of something living deep in Whispering Wood. Something ancient. And dangerous.
Now it -- he -- is coming for Farryn.
Will this young witch-in-training be clever enough to save herself from the terrible being she's brought to her doorstep? Or will she need the help of the boy she has definitely not been pining for these last five years?
OF SILVER AND SECRETS is a complete, stand-alone novel inspired by the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. It's perfect for romantic fantasy readers who enjoyed AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS, the Tiffany Aching series, or The Folk of Air. OF SILVER AND SECRETS features a stolen bride, a wicked fae king, and a sweet, heart-melting "best friends" romance.
Clara is an Obligate, an indentured servant of the fae.
If she ever wants to see home again, she must survive ten more years of servitude, developing her newly-discovered magic and battling powerful nightmare monsters in the Doomed City Library. She can’t afford any distractions . . .
Distractions like Danny—her handsome childhood sweetheart, who longs to free her from her Obligation.
Or Lord Ivor—the devastatingly beautiful fae lord, who desires to whisk her away to his own bright court of intrigue and danger.
Most of all, she won’t be distracted by the complicated and intriguing Prince of the Doomed City . . . who may not be the enemy she’s always believed him to be.
Continue this dark and twisted tale of brave librarians, deadly grimoires, and living nightmares. If you’re looking for breathtaking adventure, spine-chilling thrills, and a healthy dose of slow-burn romance, this is the series for you!
Don't miss book II of this romantic "Beauty and the Beast" retelling.
A new light shines into the darkness of his heart . . .
After fifteen years of imprisonment and solitude, Soran Silveri's life is rudely interrupted by the arrival of one brash, headstrong, flame-haired girl. He cannot refuse her appeals for sanctuary—but he can resist her pleas for him to teach her magic. If the suspicions he harbors about her prove true, tapping into her magic potential could spell disaster.
Nelle has survived the first hurdle of her mission on Roseward Isle: She convinced the disgraced mage to let her stay. Now, if she can only find his hidden spellbook, she could return home in time to save Papa. It should be simple enough.
But as the danger stalking Roseward Isle closes in, a situation that once seemed simple grows more complex by the day. Can Soran bear to send away the woman who has instilled his life with new meaning and purpose? Can Nelle betray the man who has opened her eyes to possibilities she never knew existed?
Rediscover the tale as old as time in this romantic trilogy, perfect for fans of Miranda Honfleur, Audrey Gray, and Emma Hamm.
Can love blossom among the thorns?
Refocused and determined, Nelle plans to snatch the spellbook and escape Roseward Isle once and for all. But when a powerful magic storm blows in—bringing with it a small castaway of mysterious origins—Nelle and Soran are obliged to lie low inside the lighthouse until it passes.
Trapped in close quarters, they cannot hide from their deepening attraction.
But fate is against them. Soran knows the nightmare he created will not remain bound much longer. He must convince Nelle to leave him, to escape Roseward before she becomes the Thorn Maiden’s newest victim. And Nelle sees the moment fast approaching when she will betray Soran. He will never forgive her, but how can she do otherwise? Papa’s life depends on her mission’s fulfillment.
Will two lost souls find their way through the tangled briar of lies and mistrust? Or will shadowy thorns tear them apart . . . forever?