PARANORMAL LOVE By Authors For Charity:
Witches, werewolves, mysterious creatures and haunted dreams…these are just a few encounters of the third kind that you will come across in the anthology of stories about dark love and forbidden romance.
Paranormal Love is the second anthology to come out of the writers’ collective, Authors for Charity. The collective have collaborated on a number of projects, most notably their first book for charity, Tales of an Old Wizard, which was launched in 2013.
All proceeds from Paranormal Love go to the cancer unit in Sussex, England, in remembrance of fellow writer and friend Laura Tina Warnes, who contributed to Tales of an Old Wizard before sadly losing her battle with cancer in late 2013. Laura, who is remembered fondly by all members of the collective, was involved in the early planning stages of Paranormal Love, and Authors for Charity are proud to be able to produce this book in her memory.
So grab a duvet, steel your nerves and step inside, and lose yourself in these stories of love, romance, fantasy and mystery. Just be sure to leave the lights on when you go to sleep tonight…
Sneak a peek inside the book…
By Jennifer Loiske
I saw him again this morning. He was standing at the far corner of the schoolyard, alone, as always. People passing by were giving him curious, even inviting looks, but he ignored them all. I’d tried not to look but there is something so tempting, so different about him that I can’t seem to control myself whenever he’s around. I find myself staring at him in the strangest situations, and no matter what I do or how hard I try, my eyes always seem to find him, only to realize that he doesn’t give a crap about my longing stares.
My friends call him a weirdo, and in a way they’re right, as he’s the most exotic creature we have ever seen in Derricks Lake. Unnaturally pale, watching the world with his bright-blue eyes, his black hair as shiny and silky as a raven’s feathers. Yeah, I call him raven boy and I’m obsessed with him.
I leaned on my locker, my eyes half closed, my lips slightly parted, and my thoughts full of him. I’d never spoken to him. Not once. Maybe I was afraid it would spoil the illusion, or maybe it was just that he seemed so out of this world that approaching him would be a crime against some higher power. But I wasn’t completely clueless, oh no, as in those few months he had been here I’d managed to dig out his name. Sebastian. I smiled dreamily. Even his name had a sound like an angel choir. My fingers flew to my lips and I sighed.
I vaguely noticed someone crashing next to me but didn’t let it disturb my daydreaming. Not until that someone coughed quietly. I turned, royally annoyed, and was prepared to snap something nasty, but the words died on my tongue when my eyes met the intruder’s.
His eyes looked much bluer this close and his perfectly sculpted, deep-red, totally kissable lips were turned up into an amused half-smile.
“Hi,” he said.
I stared at him, unable to speak. My cheeks flashed bright red, my mouth opened and closed like I was a dying fish on dry land, and my knees slowly turned to jelly. The corner of his lips twitched.
“Hi,” I managed to blurt out. Oh-My-God! He was even more stunning than I had thought and my fingers itched to touch him. I put my hands behind my back. Just in case.
“I’m Sebastian.” He smiled and I’m pretty sure I felt the earth quake.
“I know,” I breathed. Idiot! I mentally smacked myself and was sure this unearthly creature would turn on his heels and walk away, as I had just made a complete fool of myself, and certainly not in a good way but in some awkward stalker kind of way. So not cool!
“Ah-hah.” He grinned wickedly.
I closed my eyes, trying to calm myself and get the red flames to disappear from my cheeks. Okay, I breathed, and turned to him relatively serenely. But when I opened my eyes he was gone. Not far though. He was standing across the hallway, his eyes laughing at me while he talked with another girl.
I was confused. As far as I could tell he had never talked to anyone before, so why now, why today, and especially why me?
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