The Washingtons are the artistic, hippie family that everyone knows and side-eyes. Holed up in their own private compound, affectionately christened “Belle Âme”, the Washingtons keep to themselves unless it is time for one of patriarch Nathalian's stage performances.
But their hand in a murder one-year-prior weighs heavily on the minds of Nathalian and his wife, Blythe. The fragile mental state of Nathalian’s younger brother, Edwin, and the constant chaos brewing around their teenaged daughters only exacerbates their nerves. And with the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Blythe’s cousin Georgia on the horizon, the Washingtons feel their lives devolving into chaos.
When signs point to Georgia’s return, Blythe and Nathalian team up to uncover the truth. But can they do so without also revealing their darkest secrets and tainting the one thing that they care about most: their marriage?
When Duchess Persephone is accused of murdering her betrothed, she flees from her kingdom of Carcassonne with the help of a strange, nude woman that she meets in the woods. Persephone (alias, “Pippa”) arrives in Villeurbanne and finds herself immersed in a modern-style, underground city filled with shoppes, flora, and vampires!
Pippa quickly learns that both Princess Elisabeta and Prince Vulpes have their eye on her, and both vampire siblings will do whatever is necessary to win her heart. Pippa proceeds to date both royals as they introduce her to their kingdom, and she grows increasingly attached to them both as time passes.
However, nothing is what it seems in Villeurbanne. As clues about the Queen's untimely death present themselves to Pippa, she must decide whether to stay the course and become a vampire’s bride or return to her hometown and face the music?
Sem Van Dijk is a not-so-hardworking Momma's Boy who enjoys light snacks and Kanye West songs. When he is kidnapped by a gang of vampires, Sem's life turns upside down in a matter of minutes. Cyr, the Grand Vampire of the Illusionists, enlists Sem into his questing business, tasking the frightened human with finding the roots and herbs necessary to make special medicines. The options are simple: cooperate or die. And with the angsty Anya and the oh-so horny Lily-Rose lingering close by, Sem has no choice but to play along
Sem quickly discovers that life with a bunch of vampires isn't as deadly as it's cracked up to be, and he bonds fast with his fanged companions. He grows to love the XP-based income earning system that Cyr puts into place--especially as Lily-Rose shows him how to game the system--and he realizes that he stands to make more money with the Illusionists than he ever could at the office.
But things aren't entirely safe either. Questing is serious business. As Sem investigates a crooked anime convention during the hunt for the Fliondeso Root, he learns that danger, lies, and suspicious spies hide every corner. Can Sem fully integrate within the vampires and survive the mission, or will his broken body be left on Cyr's doorstep with a worker's comp slip?
After retiring from gymnastics, Lia Allaire has lingered in the shadows of her rockstar big brother and his compound of musicians. He's begged her to join the Hustle 'N' ROCK project, but Lia has remained uninspired, choosing instead to muddle with her camera whenever the mood suits her.
That is, until she stumbles upon the demo recordings of aspiring musician, Brodie Babineaux. Lia and Brodie's friendly pleasantries quickly reveal their scorching chemistry, and they make plans for Lia to come visit for her birthday in a few days.
But Brodie's career is also lacking: he suffers from chronic migraines and thus cannot tour or reliably book shows. Will Lia let Brodie's health douse their fire, or is their instalove strong enough to sustain any obstacle?