Cantrips

Cantrips: Minor magics crafted to amuse and entertain.

Joey started writing novellas and short stories revisiting her characters and posting this material as free content at the JWH Connection fan forum some years ago. These were intended as a thank-you to her readers and also to give her some breathing room to enjoy her characters without the pressure of deadlines and complicated story arcs. Hence, "Cantrips" fits as the series title for the compilation volumes of these stories.

Volumes 1 & 2 of Cantrips are only the first two of what we hope will be more “vignette volumes.” Currently they represent all vignettes written through 2016, and they are arranged in the volumes in the order in which they were written.

NOTE: The individual, digital download versions of these stories have always—and will continue to be—offered for free. Just scroll below the two Cantrips volumes below and you'll see the list of free novella/short downloads available. Click on the one that interests you and it will open the page with all the popular download formats.

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Originally posted December 2011 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.

A vignette featuring Jacob and Lyssa of Vampire Queen’s Servant, Mark of the Vampire Queen and Bound by the Vampire Queen from the Vampire Queen Series.

Background: In thinking about what a Christmas mall trip would be like with Lyssa, my thousand-year-old vampire queen, and her servant, Jacob, I decided to tag along on an actual trip and see if I could hear a few snippets of conversation. They of course decided to bring their son Kane with them, because what could be more fun than shopping with a vampire toddler?

While this story is barely more than a few pages, much shorter than what has become my normal length for vignettes, it kicked off two follow-up Christmas vignettes. The very next year, I wrote one where Lyssa hosted a Christmas party for a variety of the Vampire Queen Series characters (You’re All Invited). And a few years later, an incident that occurred in this very short vignette inspired another Christmas novella about Lyssa’s son as a grown-up (A Season of Giving). As a result, I felt it deserved a spot in the compilation.

 

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Originally posted January 2012 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.

A vignette featuring Ben and Celeste from the Knights of the Board Room Series.

Background: This vignette is a prequel to Ben and Celeste’s individual books. Ben’s story is Book V, Hostile Takeover, and Celeste’s is Book VII, Soul Rest. In this vignette, Celeste, who gave the K&A executives the derisively-intended name, Knights of the Board Room, learns far more about who these five Doms really are, thanks to the skills of one of their number, Ben O’Callahan.

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Originally posted January 2011 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.

A vignette featuring David and Mina of A Witch’s Beauty from the Daughters of Arianne Series.

Background: In Mermaid’s Ransom, the third book of the Daughters of Arianne Series, it is revealed to David, an angel in the Prime Legion, that his mate Mina, the powerful sea witch, is pregnant. As he was unaware of this, in this vignette he is swiftly winging home to confront and handle Mina’s volatile feelings about this unexpected change in their lives.

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Originally posted April 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.

A vignette featuring Mason and Jessica of Beloved Vampire from the Vampire Queen Series.

Background: Thanks to Lord Mason's love, Jessica overcame unspeakable trauma to remain a part of the vampire world and his servant. Mason is protective, though, and refuses to let her travel with him when he's handling Council business in the highly political and sexual vampire world. Jess knows she can handle it and be the kind of servant he needs. To prove it to him, she comes up with a plan. She's determined to make him take off the gloves and treat her as a full servant at last. But forcing her Master's hand will have consequences--ones equally desirable AND terrifying.

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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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Originally posted July 2009 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.

A vignette featuring Tyler and Marguerite of Ice Queen and Mirror of My Soul (with guest appearances by Mac and Violet of Natural Law) from the Nature of Desire Series.

Background: Though Marguerite is a formidable Mistress, she allows one man to top her; Tyler, her husband and Master. Until his birthday rolls around, and then she has a very special gift to give him--where she's the one holding the reins.

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Originally posted September 2008 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.

A vignette featuring Violet and Mac of Natural Law as well as some other characters from the Nature of Desire Series who refused to be left out! Also special appearance by Sarah of If Wishes Were Horses, because we’ve always considered her and Justin’s book part of the NOD anyway. After all, the first mention of Violet happened in their story, right?

Background: In this vignette, Violet is pregnant and a host of the Nature of Desire Series characters decide to throw her a baby shower.

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