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Originally posted March 2010 in serial format on the JWH Connection fan forum, this story is now posted here as a free download (see options below), as well as offered in print/ebook format in the vignette compilation, Cantrips: Volume #1.

These characters are introduced in the first book of the Vampire Queen Series, Vampire Queen's Servant, and reappear throughout the series.

Background: This vignette is a prequel to Lyssa and Jacob’s first book, Vampire Queen's Servant. In this story, Lyssa’s servant is still Thomas, the celibate monk who later trains Jacob to take his place. Despite the carnal nature of vampires, Lyssa honored Thomas’s celibacy vow, with one notable exception. He started his service as a second mark, but when he agreed to forever bind himself to her as her third marked servant, she required a loyalty test. He had to give her his body for one night only. This story is about that night.

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Book VIII of the Vampire Queen Series
(Vampire Queen's Servant & Mark of the Vampire Queen should be read first)

Released December 2011 (Berkley Heat)
Re-Released September 2017 (Story Witch Press)

Sworn to obedience, compelled by loyalty, and threatened with damnation for betrayal, Jacob entered Lady Lyssa’s servitude as a human servant. Now he is a vampire, but still bound to Lyssa, who has found herself struggling with the capricious powers that have come alive in her paternal Fae blood—and challenged by two enemies…

While the Vampire Council threatens to take away Lyssa and Jacob’s newborn son, the Fae Queen has ordered Lyssa to appear before the Otherworld court to face inescapable charges. The Fae have nothing but contempt for vampires, but to serve her, protect her, nourish her, and pleasure her, Jacob will follow his lady into hell itself. No one—neither Fae nor vampire--will compel him to break the oath he made to serve a vampire queen forever.

  • (*Publisher's Note: Most print titles offered by Story Witch Press are eligible for Amazon's Kindle MatchBook program.)

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