The hero isn't always the good guy, or girl.

Every year, Passionate Ink (a writing organization for erotic & spicy writers of fiction… wait, writers of erotic and spicy fiction) puts out an anthology to benefit charity. 

This year, I’m proud to announce my short story, “A King out of Water” is one of the great works included inside.

The cover will be revealed on June 29th!!!

About the cause

ProLiteracy.org provides fundingcomprehensive trainingprofessional learningaccessible research, and New Readers Press digital and print resources to unleash the power of literacy to transform lives. They’ve been doing this for over 60 years, and are the world’s leader in adult education practice, innovating and building the capacity of all literacy programs everywhere—from the smallest community-based organizations to large adult education programs and institutions.

About the story

The title, “King out of Water” is a play on the “fish out of water” trope, with a huge dose of enemies to lovers. Both lead characters are NOT in their natural element when they meet. The MMC, Reed, has had centuries to adjust to life on land, while the FMC, Chloe, is fairly new to be land-locked. He’s a Kelpie (from Scottish lore) and she’s a… (shhh…) she PRESENTS as a mermaid, but in truth, may be more than meets the eye. Because they are not only from different pantheons, but also have vastly different goals in life, they are going to butt heads.

But of course, there’s a catch.

There’s always a catch. Even if it is a grumpy gruff mythical beast who drowns you… Who just maybe is your fated mate? Whoops. It’s love at first hate, and quite a whale of tale fit into a meager ten thousand words. (Sorry, I had to keep this one that short for the submission requirements.)

Want to see the inspiration?

I collected a bit of visual content on Pinterest here.