Are creatures of the night and all manner of extramundane beings drawn to certain locations in the natural world? In the Midwestern village of Beth-Hill located in southern Ohio, the population is made up of its fair share of common citizens…and much more than its share of supernatural residents. Take a walk on the wild side in this unusual place where imagination meets reality.
Karen Montgomery was an ordinary woman until she stumbled into the extraordinary… A bargain with elves worth its weight in gold. A plague of sinister ladybugs. Rogue vampire hunters, including one who tries to turn over a new leaf–with disastrous consequences. A ghostly huntsmen of the Wild Hunt wishing for redemption. Karen’s life will never be the same again.
Novella 1: Budget Cuts
Karen Montgomery is used to taking care of the unpleasant jobs no one else wants to deal with. When a shortage of funds forces her to fire fifteen employees from the library, she isn’t happy, but the nasty task has to be done and she is, after all, the boss. But Karen finds finishing her task impossible when she can’t seem to track down Ivy Bedinghaus, a night clerk she’s never actually met. Once she finally does confront Ivy, she’s thrust into a centuries-old conflict that makes her previous troubles radically pale in comparison.
GENRE: Fantasy Word count: 18, 313
Novella 2: The Secret of Redemption
Karen Montgomery, librarian, finds herself embroiled in another otherworldly adventure…
A member of the Wild Hunt–ghostly myths that aren’t so ghostly (or myth-like) anymore–needs help in reconciling who he once was in life and who he is now.
Word count: 20, 648
Novella 3: Ladybug, Ladybug
An innocent attempt to rid the library of a plague of ladybugs turns sinister when a rogue vampire hunter gets the contract for pest control.
Ivy Bedinghaus, who works for Karen as a night clerk–along with all the vampires in Beth-Hill–are in danger, and their only hope for survival is with the help of Karen, a member of the Wild Hunt, and Russell Moore, a reformed vampire hunter.
Word count: 26, 188
One wrong turn sends Karen down a road that shouldn’t exist, to the site of an old accident and an even older mystery. With reformed vampire hunter Russell Moore’s help, Karen finds the key to the mystery. But Russ keeps his own secrets…some of which are deadly.
When old friends from Russ’ past come to call, Karen realizes his secrets might just mean his doom. After a terrible incident three years ago, before Karen met him, Russ wants only to live the rest of his life quietly in Beth-Hill. But his secret might not allow him the new lease on life Russ longs for.
Word Count: 37, 517
Companion Story: Russ’ Story: Capture
Long before Russell Moore ever met supernatural sleuth Karen Montgomery or set foot in Beth-Hill, he was a vampire hunter, possibly the best vampire hunter of all. He brought down whole nests of vampires, caring little about the consequences of his actions. Anyone who lived with or helped the vampires became enemies to be slaughtered.
So what kind of an idiot would capture a ruthless vampire hunter without a conscience and try to reform him?
Ethan Walker was that idiot. Wanting to protect his family, Ethan set out to prove to Russ that vampires weren’t all evil, soulless creatures. If Russ would allow himself to witness their lives, see their humanity, surely he and other vampire hunters like him would let them live in peace. Surely?
Word Count: 24, 211