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'Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies; runs with one, walks gravely with another; turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame: it wounds one, another it kills: like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment: it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning; for there is no force able to resist it.
--Miguel de Cervantes

TitleStep On...
AuthorLaura Baumbach
ISBN#978-1-944770228 (print) $14.99
Release DateSeptember 2016
Length: (*)254 pages
Heat Rating:Graphic
Available (print)

Step On...over to the dark side of life. Or is it death? This is a single author collection of some of my paranormal short stories pulled together from other out-of-print anthologies. There are no new stories in this collection, just time-worn, in some cases award-winning, shorts.

Ghost, werewolves and vampires inhabit the world I live in. At least, in my creative mind. This collection features one of my favorite stories, Dark Side of the Moon. It features a young man, rent boy turned vampire, who is suffering the effects of a traumatic injury. As a trauma nurse, I believe not all injuries heal instantly, not even for vampires. There are consequences. I like writing about challenges my characters have to deal with. How often do you get a vampire who ultimately discovers he needs a werewolf?

Dark Side of the Moon - Recovering from a near fatal injury, vampire Harley Scott just wants some peace, quiet and a long night filled with darkness. The wilds of icy Canada sounds like the best place to make that happen-- if he can make it past blizzards, werewolves, and -- oh, yeah, a death squad of fellow vampires on his trail.

Soul Desire - Can passion reach past the grave? Does the urge for love or justice live beyond the physical existence? Mason Everett gets the unfortunate chance to find out.

Shadows in Time - Trying to avoid ruin and disgrace, young naive Neal Clifton, wealthy heir to a sizable Boston family fortune faces the illicit and dangerous complication of his first affair with man - a scheming, unscrupulous man with influence and power that reaches beyond the grave. Neal vows to never give into his own unnatural desires again but finds his only hope for escape in the hands (and arms) of stoic silversmith, Peter Wade.

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