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About Viola Grace
Viola Grace (aka Zenina Masters) is a Canadian sci-fi/paranormal romance writer with ambitions to keep writing for the rest of her life. She specializes in short stories because the thrill of discovery, of all those firsts, is what keeps her writing.
An artist who enjoys a story that catches you up, whirls you around and sets you down with a smile on your face is all she endeavours to be. She prefers to leave the drama to those who are better suited to it, she always goes for the cheap laugh.
Listening to readers has gotten her this far, and with her 300th short story behind her and 400th looming before the end of 2017, she will continue to listen in the future.
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Jennel is looking to settle down, and Redbird City is the place for it. She and her nephew, Corit, are looking for a place they can be safe from hostile orc clans and a decades-old vision.
She registers as an elemental with the local mayor’s office, and they connect her with the orc clan speaker. She can apply to him to gain protection for her nephew and, hopefully, entry into a clan.
Once she’s registered, she returns to her new house to meet the movers, and a parade of orcs moves stuff from the van to the house when she meets her new neighbour.
Day-ek just got off a shift and noticed the fae woman sitting on the deck and a set of three orcs moving furniture into the house. He comes over to introduce himself, and he takes in her curves and the very frank assessment she gives him and offers to give her a hand.
Jennel introduces Day-ek to Corit, and when her mention of having to meet the speaker inspires a grin, she gets a funny feeling about her neighbour.
When she meets the speaker and he gives her that cheeky grin while he demands a night with him for each of the three clans he speaks for, she knows that Corit is safe, and she’s got a date. And then... things get complicated.
Trapped in her body, she is given a chance at a new life as a caretaker, but guarding horny superheroes loses its appeal quickly.
Beatrix’s world has been shrinking as her body slowly locks up into immobility and constant pain. A strange woman arrives at her door and offers her a chance for a body without pain and the form she had in her early twenties. The price of this miracle? Just her life and moving to an alien world as caretaker for a group of superheroes.
The charm of the men wore thin fast, and she put her foot down after she overheard some hurtful remarks. She activated her one caveat from the contract, her right of refusal. Bea quit.
She ends up with the avatar, pregnant, friendless, and alone on a world where everyone but her has scales and a forked tongue. The one refrain in her mind is simple... she should have read the contract.
Resetting a life twice is hard enough, but doing it as the only one of her kind on an entire world is definitely trickier than she had imagined. At least she could dance now.
Born to blossom into an omega, something in Olivia’s life went wrong. Instead of having her heats and looking for her own alphas, she is defective. Her body gives her pain and she wants nothing to do with the thought of a sexual liaison with anyone.
Her sister follows her father’s footsteps and keeps her on their property and running the bed and breakfast which is a boring existence for Olivia until her heat is due and her rule against taking reservations during that time is broken by her greedy sibling. There is an emergency and they are going to be hosting a guest.
No one said the guest would be an alpha.
What follows is a meeting, a realization and a rescue that changes not only Olivia’s life, but that of her pride as well.
Argus is just going to a family wedding rehearsal when he begins hearing the phrase defective omega. He has researched a lot of omegas and there is no such thing as a defective one. When he realizes that these words are describing the dainty little woman who helped his panthers get settled, he has a quick discussion with his pridemates and they head off to rescue the omega in question. With any luck, she will choose them. If not, they will have to charm her. Either way, Olivia is theirs.
Benny has lived her life in the shadows, avoiding the public eye. Her life as a recipe blogger pays the bills and lets her socialise, but she is about to get the assignment of a lifetime.
Her boss orders her into a one-week ride-along with agents of the XIA, the eXtranormal Investigation Agency. It is the anniversary of the agency, and they need to improve their exposure with the general public.
Against her objections, she is paired with a standard set of agents—a vampire, a shifter and a fey. They are willing to work with her, and it is only when she signs the waivers that she learns why. They all read her column.
A week doesn’t seem like much time to learn about an organisation that deals with things most folk don’t enjoy thinking about, but it whips past when the assignments go from casual crime to murders that have one pivot point. Benny.
Benny hated assignment meetings. They were intolerable, as those selected for the lackluster jobs tried to squirm out of them. Today was no exception.
“I don’t see why I am up for this particular assignment, Julian. Doing a week of ride-alongs with the XIA is not my idea of scintillating reporting. What am I going to do? Get stuck in a black van for a week?”
The gathered reporters were all staring at her with amusement and relief that it wasn’t them.
“Benny, you have basic magic senses and two years of mage studies at the university. You are the most capable of seeing if the XIA is actually worth the money we have put in over the last fifty years or if the anniversary is celebrating mediocrity.” Julian rubbed his green-scaled hands together. “Add to that the fact that you are human and it makes you the perfect foil to the extranatural officers that you will be dealing with.”
Benny scrubbed her hands through her hair. “This isn’t a good idea. I just want to write the recipe articles and information on how to carve pumpkins for the best light distribution at Halloween.”
Julian drummed his nails on the table, and he let out a gust of air. “Do you want me to spell this out?”
He waved at the selection of reporters in the room and on displays. “None of us can pass for human, and therefore, the XIA would consider us a suspect if they forgot we were there for the article.”
Benny covered her eyes with one hand for a moment before glaring at the occupants of the room. “They don’t do that.”
Freddy was next to her, and she nodded. “They do think we are up to no good.”
Benny gave her friend a sideways look. “In your case, they are right.”
Freddy shrugged. “I have to be me.”
“Freddy, it is when you take someone else’s identification that you have a problem.” Julian sighed. “Right. Settled. Benny, you are on the XIA, and they are expecting you for the nightshift. Go home, get some sleep and take notes on everything you can. They aren’t allowing photos, but that is to be expected. I trust your memory and your common sense. Everyone else. As we have stated, get to it.”
He pushed himself to his feet and walked over to Benny, she turned so he was staring at her face. “Take care and don’t do anything that Freddy would do.”
From behind her, Benny heard, “Hey!”
“For a full week?”
“It is the fiftieth year of the XIA. It needs a full week of examination, and we are the only news agency they are willing to deal with. More to the point, you are the only reporter they are willing to deal with.
Olivia has been rescued from years of torture and is working to settle into a life with her mates, and the omega next door, and another feline alpha who wants to join their group. She is gaining confidence, friends, and now there is one thing to do…go on dates with her mates. Oh, and she had to finish a very important memoir.
Putting her pain on the page is difficult, but the reaction is beyond what she could imagine. A bidding war for her memoir spurs legal action and before long she finds herself in court. Does she have the right to tell her story with all the documentation that the Omega Centre found, or does her sleepy home town get to remain oblivious to their part in the most heinous act of aggression on an omega in the last two decades. Is honesty the best policy or should she forget about the pain?
Life continues and she finds that getting surprised by another heat is uncomfortable while she is having dinner with the in-laws and her mates can’t get her home. She is really glad that Ford has been helping her make friends because she really needs one now.
Being raised as the Cursed One does things to a person. It changes your relationships and makes you a very paranoid young woman. This is how Sophy ends up in her fourth decade, looking eighteen and having no love life.
The Mage Guild provides her with a liaison so that she can stop calling to rummage through their archives, and the voice in the machines around her becomes an admirable partner, such as he is.
He files a request with her to assist him in his own personal journey, and it takes her into the Guild Hall to face a mage who wants her as a trophy. She isn’t impressed, but gets what she needs and gets out of there.
A cursed object that calls to her is part of her plans for the next few days, but the arrival of the body that belongs to the voice throws things into chaos.
Magnus has spent years in amber, waiting to be released by a request from a woman he hasn’t slept with. He was born a warrior centuries earlier and is a legendary mage in his own right. He has one major concern, and it involves figuring out the strange pull and repulsion he feels when the Cursed One is around.
Demons, mages, old scores, and cursed objects swirl around the DeMonstre family, and Sophia is first and foremost the Monster Baiter.
Sophia fished her phone out of her cleavage and made a call. “Captain Miskin? I have the highway stalker in my custody, he has been neutralized, and I am asking you to trace my phone and come and collect him.”
“Who am I talking to?”
She could almost hear him sitting up on the other end of the line. “Trace is happening and we are on our way.”
She left the line open and faced the kidnapper.
The teen slumped on a chair, and he was still wondering what had happened. “I don’t understand.”
“Which part? You grabbing the horn and unleashing your rage or turning back into yourself? Pick one and I will explain it.”
Sophia cocked her head and nodded to his clothing. “Get dressed. I will wait.”
He swallowed. “You said you were in college.”
“How old are you? You talk a lot older.”
He got up and pulled on his sweatshirt and sneakers.
She grinned. “Oh, you don’t need to know that. Imagine that I am the same age I look. It will make you feel better.”
They sat in silence until they heard the approach of the officers.
“Who is coming for me?”
“Mage Guild. The officers will take you into custody and charge you with misuse of magic. The horn has been made useless, and once it is used in your investigation, it will be destroyed.”
He jolted. “You can’t.”
“Oh. I can. In fact, I am one of the only ones who can.” She walked him out to the mages, and they took over. The looks she got in her cheerleader outfit were close to leers, but when she pinned them with her gaze, they looked respectfully away.
She put the horn in an evidence case and took their card so she could fill out the report and send it to them in the morning.
“Ms. DeMonstre, is that your car in the road?”
“Yup.” She walked with them back to the highway with a spring in her step.
“Can we help you get it started?”
Sophia chortled and walked to her hood, removing the support rod and lowering it with a click. She tapped the hood twice, and the car roared to life.
“I have it under control, Officers, but thanks for the offer.
Amber has always been waiting for her time. Her moment. When she gets to the age of fifty-five and finds that her moment has not shown up, she decides to take on an offer from three decades earlier that has recently been renewed and get her ass into space.
Well, she needs a bit of prep for the journey, and the reset involves rejuvenating her hair, skin, eyes, muscles, organs, and gets her into the best shape that her genetics will allow.
At the request of the Avatar of Terra, Amber agrees to travel the star systems to become the governess to the imperial princess of the Possitt system. The imperial regent is the princess’s uncle, and it was him that had the idea for the governess from an alien world with certain modifications. Being able to punch through steel had not be in Amber’s original specifications, but she is adapting and learning to enjoy her new position in a world where she isn’t allowed to meet anyone’s eyes. It is a minor inconvenience that she is willing to live with for the chance to help a scared young woman become the empress she was meant to be.
Hannah has always stuck out in her family. The carrier of a recessive skin tone, she knows a little magic, knows a lot about construction and is happy to have found a new career to focus on. Just like everyone else in the family.
On the day that she got the listing for the most haunted house in town with murders like clockwork every twenty-five years, she accidentally triggers the house’s most recent victim. Five years earlier an XIA agent had been investigating the house and he had fallen into a coma. On her first day, something lodged inside Hannah’s brain.
With no other option, she calls a spectral consultant and the woman and her tiny cat identify the person who is hitchhiking behind her eyes. A portion of the XIA agent’s spirit has gotten stuck in Hannah’s and he is using her to power his return to consciousness. She has to get him out.
Going back alone is stupid, but she doesn’t feel she has another choice. She doesn’t want to involve her family and the XIA can’t help because no crime had been committed in the last five years.
She gets the agent out of her head, gets the attention of the ancient entity that craves blood, and finds herself in a fight for her life with unexpected allies, and one persistent dark elf who will not leave her side. According to her mother, she could do far worse.
Lexa’s debut as an omega was traumatic and left her scarred. She has spent the five years since fighting to keep her adopted daughter and keep her sanity.
At the limit of her resources, there is a knock on her door and the love of her life from five years earlier is standing there and he finally asks her what happened after he left her. Her answers shake him and he leaves. There is a certain amount of peace to seeing him again and she gets on with her life.
Two weeks later, he returns with an offer of protection and safety with two other alphas of his ursa type who have agreed to form a unit for her benefit. Lexa thinks about the safety of her daughter and she agrees to meet the first of her prospective mates. His identity shocks her and his clever tongue makes her head spin.
The next prospect is terrifying, adorable, and enthusiastic. She gets lost in his arms and she agrees to his protection. Her original mate from years ago is willing to stand aside and act as guardian, but it doesn’t feel right to ignore him. Their connection feels like it was never broken and her heart aches for him.
Can she really start anew with the man from her past and two charming strangers?
Her life on Earth had died decades earlier; helping to bring heat to a frozen world seems like a good use of her time.
The love of her life died when they were teens, and Idalia had no plans for any kind of future. When a woman named Minerva arrived near the lighthouse where she spent her days escorting tourists and made Idalia an offer, it was a no-brainer. Nothing or something. She chose something to bring her life out of the lock she had been in.
The process to change her body to enable her to survive Los was detailed and altered every bit of tissue and bone she had.
Taunting a planet’s avatar into reappearing using sex isn’t something one can train for, but Idalia has a good instinct for it, and he soon rises to claim her, body and soul.
Hannah’s life has taken a weird turn. She has survived an attack by an ancient entity, gotten transformed into a dark elf, and shacked up with the first guy to possess her mind. It has been a really odd few weeks.
Now that she is stable and settled in, she finds herself in XIA custody, more or less. Neekil moved in.
With one dark elf on the surface, Neekil’s family asks him to guide his brothers into the modern world. Getting a place for them to stay is easy. They have volunteered to replace the enchanted mantlepiece at the mansion, and it is rather uncomfortable to watch them work.
Hannah has to adapt to new circumstances again when the mayor requests her help in clearing uninhabited homes. The problem is, their inhabitants aren’t human or extranatural; they are something else entirely.
She had better get started.
Leonora has managed to save her pregnant sister from a vampire attack, but to insure the safety of her sister and niece, Leo is willing to pay with everything but her life.
Covered in her own blood, she approaches the Mayor of Redbird City—who happens to be the local vampire king—and makes a deal. She will serve him as his assistant if he will keep her sister and niece from being torn apart.
Matthias agrees willingly to take on a new assistant and sends his men out to keep her sister safe. It is the beginning of a partnership that will make her his apprentice, send her to negotiate for dragons, visit crime scenes and keep her doing his bidding while her sister’s attackers rally and prepare to try again.
Leo picks up her baseball bat and gets ready for the fight of her life.