Cursed to shift shape for one day each week, Melusine knows that only love can set her free. When she encounters Raymond, a handsome knight in desperate need of help that only she can give, she believes her chance has come. She vows to be his devoted wife and earn his love, even as she chooses to keep her curse secret. When their happy match is tested by misfortune, Raymond vows to prove jealous whispers wrong. Will he be tempted to break his pledge to Melusine in search of the truth? And will his love of his bride survive if her secret is revealed?
An Elegy for Melusine is also included in my anthology, Beguiled.
Tales of fantasy, romance and forbidden love…
Six magical short works of fantasy, romance and forbidden love from New York Times’ Bestselling Author Claire Delacroix (also writing as Deborah Cooke) gathered into a single volume for the first time. Included are An Elegy for Melusine, Amor Vincit Omnia, The Leaves, The Kiss of the Snow Queen, Coven of Mercy and The Ballad of Rosamunde.
Here’s a bit more detail on the included stories:
An Elegy for Melusine by Claire Delacroix
A medieval fantasy novella with romantic elements, originally published in the anthology To Weave a Web of Magic.
The Leaves by Deborah Cooke
A short fantasy story, previously available in a digital-only edition.
The Ballad of Rosamunde by Claire Delacroix
A medieval romance with fantasy elements and a short story, originally published in the Mammoth Book of Irish Romance and later published as a digital-only short. It’s also included in the trade paperback edition of The Snow White Bride. It was edited in MBOIR for space constraints but appears in its entirety in all subsequent editions (including this one).
Amor Vincit Omnia by Claire Delacroix
A medieval romance and short story, originally published in the digital anthology Seven Deadly Sins and subsequently published in a digital-only edition.
The Kiss of the Snow Queen by Claire Delacroix
A fantasy romance novella, originally published in the anthology The Queen in Winter.
Coven of Mercy by Deborah Cooke
A vampire romance originally published in the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance II.