My name is Willem and I'm a gargoyle shifter. I guard Duke Varmont's palace in Heart of Stone. I've been bound to the palace for a few years, even though the Duke and his sons are gone now. It's a lonely life, but I'm hoping that I'll soon be free. You see, there's a reason I'm bound. It's not by choice. But that's all I can say about that right now.
What is your role in the story?
Well, depends on how you look at it. I'm the one who finds Princess Leesa when she breaks into the palace to find valuables. I don't want you to think badly of her, though. She only breaks in because her people are poor. The land was cursed by the Duke's magic. Once I find her, I offer to give her some items of value if she'll stay with me for a while. I have my reasons for doing that. It's not just because I'm lonely. Sorry, I can't tell you why I need her to stay. It's my secret.
What is your favorite hobby?
Unfortunately I don't get to do much other than watch. I am a gargoyle, after all. I watch the princess at her castle, mostly. It's a lonely life. Though if you must know what I do when I'm not watching, I suppose I can tell you. When I'm not watching, I'm reading. Yes, surprising, isn't it? A gargoyle sitting in the Duke's library reading books? There's a lot about me that would surprise you.
What challenges are you trying to overcome?
Ah, that is a very interesting question. I would say that I'm looking to be freed from my bondage. And I'm looking for love. As I mentioned, it's a lonely life. It's been difficult to do the job I was bound to do, and yet yearn for freedom. It's made me feel very conflicted. I've also had to learn how to use the enchantments the Duke left in the palace. I've learned a bit about magic. I just hope that I've learned enough. I'll need a very special bit of magic for what I have planned.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
That one is easy to answer. I want to be with my love. That one wish is all I desire. I would do anything to have it granted to me. Anything.
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 Duet
Other BooksellersOnce 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)