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Gothic romances, but with a HEA

Wade in, dear mortal into these slightly creepy tales with sweet endings

Good day, wayward wayfarer. Have you blundered into this uncanny, spellbound place?

Come. Sit. Tell me, do you believe that happy endings exist? Even in the dark, where love is but a hint, a whisper, a taunt?

Then tiptoe in. Tilt your head to listen to the faintest stirrings: the hushed murmurs of lovers behind closed doors, their footfalls venturing into fresh life.

Don't be afraid, intrepid mortal. Dare to brave all corners of the globe, all the eerie, eldritch places beneath the earth, amid the roots, or in starlit castles, where lovers seek the elusive enchantment called love.

And never fear. I promise it’ll end happily for those who dare.

Come to Sydney, Australia, where a young woman with a family secret becomes entangled with an enigmatic stranger.

He was brooding and beautiful and... she was intrigued by the grief which spread from his eyes to the space around him, held up by his music. The music pierced Em’s heart, though she couldn’t understand the words...
- An Inheritance by E.H. D'Urbin

In a South African asylum, listen as a cursed creature sings hope to a grieving woman.

Sometime after midnight, the storm that had raged during my arrival blew over and the moon bathed the garden in silver beams of light. I awakened, drenched in sweat… to find a shadow lingering right outside my window…
- From the Ashes by MS Weaver

In the old-world charm of Orlando, Florida, an enchantress’s fiancé becomes something else after dark...

His smile was slow to spread, like a viscous puddle of blood. “Hello, Julia. Pleasure to meet you, at long last.”
- I Love You After Dark by Taryn Moreau

Out at sea, after the fog descends, a newly wedded wife senses something watching her. Something in the water. Something that knows her secrets.

I loved our wedding day. As I came to love him, despite the lies…
- The Cracked Compass by Beth Green

In a country between the cracks of existence, a young woman's imprisoned inhuman lover summons her into peril.

Once upon a time, you were scarred and pitted and you walked crooked and I loved you.
- Unbeautiful Corners by Sonya Lano

In an abandoned Texas hotel, an intrepid ghost-girl from the 1920s and a stubborn boy from the present day wage an epic battle of wills.

It wasn’t being dead that bothered Audrey so much. It was that the constant sameness of every day was just so boring.
- A Fool For You by Nicole Herron and Renee Edwards

After the stage lights go dark in North Carolina, and rich soil sifts over buried secrets, love still thrives.

She woke to a dark figure looking down at her… two eyes, dark and round as hollows… a thin, wide mouth and the suggestion of a nose. A spill of shadows resolved into trailing hair over a knobble-jointed body.
Whoever this was wasn’t human…

- The Wind Chimes by Katherine Traylor

In rural New York, an orphan prey to strange dreams encounters a creature of storybook nightmares.

Wings protruded from the gargoyle’s back, each tipped with a sharp talon that promised agony should one pierce its prey...
- Stone and Hellfire by Lynn Rush

In the streets of medieval Tallinn, Death and Fate wreak havoc in the life of a starving artist.

“Kiss me.”
The shouts from the market, the wind rattling the windowpanes, the whole outside world stopped as Agnes stood up on tiptoes, looking at him as if he were the only person in the world.

- The Dance of Death by Sky Sommers

So come, dear mortal, enter without fear.
(I told you: I promise it'll end happily for those who dare...)

Ten complete gothic romance stories from around the world with HEAs or HFNs.

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Happily-ever-afters with wicked twists:

A defiant Cinderella and Prince Charming with a hairy family secret - A deal gone wrong for Red’s mom - A loopy Oz and a villainy godmother masquerading as a witch. Or two.

Grace made a deal: in exchange for the life of her newborn son, she will get Ella her happily-ever-after. A license to be evil, hurray! That was it, wasn’t it? Three years of living in the Magic Kingdom and all the sleepless nights might have made her forget a few details. There’s no point in asking the mirrors anything – they are definitely lying. The only thing Grace knows is that her son's third birthday is approaching and it’s urgent she marry boy-crazy Ella off. One way or another.

Discover unlikely villains, surprising godmothers, and secrets peeled back like onions in this exciting omnibus, which contains all three books in the Magic Mirrors Saga (and 5 mashup retellings):

  1. Cinders: Necessary Evil – a dark Cinderella retelling from dual POV (stepmother and Ella’s - where Ella is no wallflower and you might hate her a little at first for being a bit too self-absorbed.)
  2. Embers: Beastly Curses – a 2nd chances Red Riding Hood retelling where Prince Charming’s hairy secret is revealed;
  3. Ash: Crooked Fates – a Twisted Wizard of Oz retelling where a certain unlovable villain may or may not get her HEA.

Where's the 5th fairytale, you ask? Hans & Greta's tale is a nestled story in Cinders and psst...the cannibalistic witch is not as bad as we've all been led to believe.

If you enjoyed Roald Dahl's whimsy as a child and adore Sarah Pinborough's captivating retellings, this dark fairytale adaptation collection is a must-read for the young and new adult audience alike.

Trigger warnings: This enchanting trilogy touches upon themes of abandonment, loss of child, abortion (in Cinders) and mental health issues (Korsakoff's in Ash), adding depth and emotion to the gripping narrative.

Don't miss out on this deliciously dark fairytale ride. Get ready to lose yourself in all the wicked twists and, of course, in Ella's Diary.

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Sky Sommers

USA Today bestselling indie author
  • USA Today bestselling author from 2022

    While I've hit Amazon bestseller lists in 2021, in 2022 we - the "we" being me + 39 more authors - published a romantasy set that hit #110 on the USA Today list! Yay!

    What did it take? Writing 1 book, yes, but also 12 months of haranguing pre-orders, marketing, learning, posting on IG, pestering peeps in my newsletter, setting up this webpage, setting up a TikTok account, begging everyone I know (and don't know) to get our 35-novel-rich book at 99c - yes, you have to beg people to get things at a bargain. But we did it. We hit that list. We even got the #1 new release and #1 best seller orange ticker tag from Amazon for 1 week. Along the way I made awesome author friends, befriended an author (or two) I'm gaga about and the learning curve was - yowzer!

    Ask me for contacts of managers of USAT building sets, coz those peeps are amazing!

  • Aspiring to change your mind

    A stepmother who is actually a fairy godmother? A fairy godmother who is the villain? A Cinderella that's hard to like? Red who is a boy? Goddesses without magic? Guinevere who traps Arthur into marriage? Cannibalistic witches who are victims of circumstance and the rumour mill? I write these kinds of stories. Stay tuned.