About the Book
Title: Once Upon A Princess Duet
Author: Deborah A. Bailey
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The Once Upon A Princess Duet
In these two sexy paranormal romance "fairy tales," two princesses find that love with a shifter hero is not without complications – but there is always a happily-ever-after. Includes two complete short novellas.
"Heart of Stone"
In the ruins of a country destroyed by a curse. Princess Leesa goes looking for a way to help her people. Desperate to find an item of value to trade for supplies, she trespasses into an abandoned palace.
There, she finds more than she bargained for when she encounters a lonely Gargoyle who offers to provide her with everything she needs, for a price.
If she's willing to pay it, she may find the love she's been looking for. Or she may lose it, forever.
"Beauty & the Faun"
Kayla, a poor young woman runs away when her rich uncle and aunt arrange her marriage to a shifter prince from another land. Her uncle needs gold to settle his debts and the king is offering a great reward if he can obtain a willing bride for his son.
But Kayla's plans to hide in the Great Forest hit a snag when two mischievous fauns find her and deliver her to a very sexy faun shifter who is ready to teach Kayla a thing or two about life and love.
Deborah A Bailey’s Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance stories include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat.
She’s the author of the “Hathor Legacy” Science Fiction Romance series and several shapeshifter Paranormal Romance novels. Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. They’re included in her short story collection, “Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.”
In addition to her fiction work, she’s published three non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”
The Once Upon a Princess Duet
The Once Upon a Princess DuetOnce Upon A Princess: Heart of Stone (individual novella – also available in KU)
Once Upon A Princess Duet: Beauty and the Faun (individual novella - also available in KU)
Del set the lantern down on a chest across from the bed. He got a candle and lit it from the lantern light. "You must be tired. Maybe you should get some rest."
The bed did look comfortable, with its green and yellow patchwork quilt and the fluffy pillows. Up here the walls were painted a soothing blue, and the two windows had curtains that fluttered in the breeze. Other than the bed and the table, there was a rocking chair and gold trimmed mirror on the wall opposite the windows.
"Where will you sleep?" she asked.
"There's only one bed, my lady. Where do you think?"
"With me? In the bed?" Kayla gasped. She'd never shared a bed before, especially not with a man.
"You don't trust me? I brought you here to protect you and I don't even know your name or where you're from." Del perched his hands on his hips. "Or maybe I should turn you back over to those satyrs who chased you."
"No, don't." Better not antagonize him. She'd had enough drama for one night. "I'm sorry, Del. My name is Kayla. I'm from the mansion about three miles from here. Sir Frederick and Lady Diane of Ashley Manor."
"Don't know them," Del said. "I try to stay away from those types. Why were you on the road at this time of night?"
"I wanted to go to town to the inn. I was looking for work. I might have to leave my employment."
This was getting ridiculous. He was skeptical, and rightfully so. Kayla sighed and sat on the edge of the bed. "I'm not being truthful, Del. I was running away because my uncle wants to marry me off to someone I've never met."
"Oh." His expression softened, and he dropped his arms to his sides. "So, your uncle is Sir Frederick, right?"
"Right," she said.
"Don't aristocrats arrange marriages all the time?"
"I suppose so. But I'm not an aristocrat. I'm the poor relation. Me and my mother."
He smiled as he covered her with the blanket. "You should know that I normally don't find beautiful young maidens in the forest after midnight either. Especially naked ones," he said. "You are a maiden, aren't you?"
It took a few seconds for her to catch his meaning, and when she did, heat spread across her face. Kayla pulled the blanket up so that it rested just below her chin. "Yes, I am."
A smiled spread across his full lips, completely disarming her. "Ah, then. I was right. It will be a very lucky gentleman who tastes you for the first time."
Now the heat was cutting a path downward, waking up a feeling in her center that she'd never experienced before. Was this some enchantment?
Del leaned closer and kissed her cheek. "You have a fire, my lady. Whoever wins your heart and ignites your passion will be at your mercy."
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