Ben wants Laura to reconsider staying overnight at Demon’s Grotto, and he has information about the club’s history that should convince her. He tells her three creepy love stories, hoping she will change her mind.
Rise of the Creature: When a mad doctor brings a dead man back to life, only his beautiful assistant can make that life worth living.
The Demon Within: A man on the run stops to rest at a rooming house, not knowing that it’s the hunting ground of a gorgeous succubus bent on devouring handsome guests.
Don’t Cry, Wolf: An ad for a maintenance man at a bed and breakfast is answered by a former soldier who’s harboring a hairy secret. The business’s lovely co-owner becomes involved with this sullen hunk who’s more than she imagined possible.
After hearing these stories of love and murder, will Laura decide to spend the night at Demon’s Grotto?
After climbing down from the wagon, Cora glanced at the doctor, but he was already focused on the horses. She entered the house, removed her rain-soaked cloak, and hung it on the rack near the door.
She walked upstairs, and then paused at the bottom of the flight leading to the laboratory. Gazing upward, she drew a deep breath and steeled herself for the night to come.
Slowly she ascended the stairs and opened the door to Cyril Damp’s office. A bookcase packed with medical texts took up an entire wall. Charts filled another. On his desk rested his personal journals that she knew were filled with notes from his experiments.
Passing through the room, she thought how the scent of it reminded her of him — medicinal. Clean, but unsettling. She stepped through the door at the back of the room and entered the laboratory. It was huge — taking up nearly the whole third floor. There were two surgery tables and several cabinets for equipment and various medicines.
Cora made her way to the refrigeration unit at the back of the room. Though such ice rooms were still experimental, Cyril insisted that due to their practicality, they would one day be in every household in the civilized world.
She at least hoped that other households wouldn’t share the doctor’s ice box contents. She opened the door and stepped inside. She didn’t look at the body parts on storage, but focused on the corpse lying on the table in the center of the room. A shiver that wasn’t entirely from the cold ran through her. Cora stepped closer to the corpse, knowing she shouldn’t admire a dead body, but unable to help herself. When the doctor first brought him here — dug from his recent grave — her first thoughts had been of sorrow and disgust. The dead should be allowed to rest, even if this young man had died far too soon.
“He was a lumberjack,” the doctor had explained, still panting from the exertion of carrying the massive corpse upstairs.
She had again marveled at the tall but wiry doctor’s strength. The corpse was at least as tall as the doctor, who stood over six feet, and the dead man was solid muscle.
“A beautiful specimen, isn’t he?” Dr. Damp continued, leaning heavily on the table, his gaze fixed on the corpse’s face.
Alive, yes, the man would have been beautiful. He had thick blond hair, heavy golden eyebrows and thick eyelashes. His features were strong and even. If not for his blond beard, he would have been boyishly handsome, but the facial hair gave him a rugged look that fit his powerful body.
“What happened to him? How did he die?” Cora asked softly.
About the Author
Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas, and novels.
When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, spending time with her family and pets and running the Compelling Beasts Blog, dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes, and paranormal creatures. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby. Connect with her online at https://www.kate-hill.com or https://www.twitter.com/
Also by Kate Hill
Accounting for Love
A grumpy troll and a cheerful pixie prove St. Patrick’s Day is the best day to fall in love.
These powerful women and their sexy alpha mates must choose between logic and love.
Blood and Soul Series:
Blood and Soul
Lust abounds within the walls of Burgundy Peak, haven for vampires.
Burgundy Peak. Safe haven for vampires — but nowhere is safe from affairs of the heart.
The Elixir Maidens
Sexy vampire drag queens reunite lovers who’ve burned for each other since the days of ancient Rome.
Ancient Vampires. Modern love. Who knew twenty-first century relationships could be so challenging!
Submit to the Masters of Ecstasy and experience pleasure beyond your wildest dreams.
Bloody or Nothing
Meet Sudsy Waters, drag queen, martial arts master, and owner of Bloody or Nothing, vampire hotel.
Scarlet Nights Series (Part of Blood and Soul)
A young woman finds lust and danger in the arms of a vampire on a blood fast.
How far will a newly-made vampire go to test her powers? Can May defend Blair, possibly to death?
Feasting with the Enemy
Blair and May’s love is tested when New Reign uses dark memories to tempt them to kill each other.
Fangs and Fists Series:
Is love stronger than magic? Wolf mates Kiara and Bolt are about to find out.
In the midst of a rebellion, Grit and Zari explore a once forbidden passion.
When Jolanda defeats Victor in the arena, has she won a sex slave, or has she come to set him free? …
Will Maddy save Haylen’s soul, or will he corrupt hers?
Magic and lust tempt the supernatural residents of Hot River.
Destined mates surrender to irresistible passion and fall desperately in love.
Mate marks spells bind destined mates. Those bound cannot resist their magical pull.
On the planet Shandra, three Earth women find lust and love with their sexy alien mates.
Prowleryn Cat Shifters Eber, Kane, and Demitri find their mates in the most unlikely of matches.
Three brothers, enslaved by a hunger for sexual energy and sworn to denounce their evil side.
Shadowing angels make sure their charges get the chance every new soul deserves.
In the small New England town called Whisper, paranormals and shifters find their one true love.
An Interview with Kate Hill by Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Kate, thank you for talking with us at The Romance Studio. We’re talking about the first in your new Demon’s Grotto series. What can you tell us about the series first?
Kate: It’s an anthology that includes three erotic paranormal stories. The stories take place in the same building that is currently a club called Demon’s Grotto. Though each stands alone, they’re part of an overall story.
HH: How does Demon’s Grotto kick it off?
Kate: It starts with Laura arriving outside of Demon’s Grotto where she plans to spend the night as research for an article about the club. She’s met by Ben who asks her to join him at a coffee shop where he tells her three creepy love stories that took place in the club.
HH: Which of the three stories Ben tells Laura is your favorite?
Kate: Don’t Cry, Wolf is my favorite. It’s the longest story in the anthology and focuses on Declan, a former soldier, and Holly, the co-owner of a bed and breakfast. He has a lot of secrets and doesn’t want to involve Holly in his problems. Holly tries to break down his defenses, and when she finally does, she understands why he’s such a “lone wolf.”
HH: I like the heroine’s name. <g> What can you tell us about the books to come?
Kate: At this time I have no other stories planned for Demon’s Grotto, but there might be future stories about Declan’s Wolf Pack.
HH: Well, that’s definitely good news! What else are you working on for lucky readers right now?
Kate: Right now I’m working on another paranormal romance series and a contemporary romance series.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
Kate: My goals have always been the same. When the stories come, write them!
HH: I like the simplicity of that just as I enjoy your stories. <g> What’s your writing schedule like?
Kate: I try to write every day, even if it’s only 500-1000 words.
HH: Will you be making any appearances in the remainder of 2019?
Kate: I have no appearances planned.
HH: What are you reading right now?
Kate: Right now I’m nearly finished with Loving What’s Left by D.K. Taylor. It’s a military romance that I’m enjoying very much and looking forward to reading the rest in the series.
HH: What are you most looking forward to in the next year?
Kate: I’m looking forward to writing more books, blogging, reading, watching horror movies, and spending time with family and friends.
HH: Sounds like a wonderful plan. Thank you!