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A twisted retelling where Jekyll & Hyde meets Beauty & the Beast.

The prince has been in a constant battle with the beast lurking beneath his skin. Not a creature to be slayed, but a man crafted from the darkest evils. The two shift between the body they share, threatening to unleash a destruction that would change their realm forever.

When Jessamyn Elisdream sneaks into the palace in search of a lost family heirloom, she uncovers more than she bargained for. To keep Prince Nikolaus’s curse a secret, she is imprisoned in the palace until the witch’s spell can be broken. 

Trapped inside the palace with the prince’s two changing forms, Jessamyn is caught in a war of good versus evil.

The prince versus his beast.

And a heart that betrays her.

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Growing up, Ash Bane and his sister had one rule to follow when they visited their grandma: never enter her art studio.

An odd rule, if you asked Ash, but when he finds himself staring at the painting his sister vanished into, it doesn’t seem all that odd.

Determined to save her, Ash and his best friend follow her through the painting.

But travelers are not welcome in this new world, and they must find a way home before the villainous lord has them executed for trespassing.

Emma Delaney, a fierce and spunky scrapyard worker native to this new land, holds the key to their return. An ancient card game filled with mysterious riddles will lead them to a hidden portal, but only if they’re brave enough to play the game.

Solving life threatening puzzles, fighting magical beasts, and running from the lord’s patrol, may be the least of Ash’s concerns when his heart betrays him, and Ash Bane and Emma Delaney find a love that spans worlds.

Are you ready to play Ending in Cadence?

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Choosing to return to Pintura to be with Emma was one of the easiest decisions Ash has ever made. But what he didn’t realize was that the world he now calls home is about to change, and he and Emma are at the center of it all.

Emma has spent her entire life believing the magic rumored to fuel her land had long since died, and the edge of her world was an endless black void. She thought she knew everything there was to know about Pintura, but all of that changes with her new allegiance to Lord Neko.

A forgotten history surfaces and makes them wonder if there could be something beyond the edge. Is there another world like Pintura lost in the dark void?

But there are people who want the past and magic to remain forgotten. And they’re prepared to kill to keep it that way.

In the eye-opening conclusion to the Ending in Cadence duology, join Emma and Ash in another adventure. Uncover the truth about Pintura and get sucked back into a game that holds the power to restore their world.



How many chances does love get?

Penny Wilson never wanted to break up with Christopher, but when she’s whisked away to college by her controlling best friend, Penny says goodbye to her hometown in Colorado and the boy her heart never wanted to leave.

Christopher Samson was the star of the basketball team, but his passion has always been photography. Now taking classes at the local community college, Christopher tries to heal his broken heart through his art. 

When Penny decides to come home and take a semester off from school, her world crosses paths with Christopher, bringing them back together where it all ended the first time. A photography contest makes the ex-lovers partners once again. It’s only supposed to be five photos, but each picture they take—each second they spend together—reopens old memories and feelings.

Somehow, Penny’s quiet visit home with her family has turned into nights at her favorite diner with Christopher, photo shoots at the hot springs, and slow dances under the stars. Knowing she’s supposed to return to college in California that fall, Penny and Christopher walk a fragile line of reigniting their relationship and threatening another heartbreak.  

Penny came home to rethink her future, not to fall back in love with Christopher, but for that to happen, she would have had to stop loving him in the first place. 

I know I’ve been here before. I’ve lived these pages with him already. It feels like I’m rereading our story, but this time, I won’t read the last page.

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"It is day 2,436 of being in this prison with my mother and younger brother." 

Sentenced to death, a future is something Adaline never dreamed of. 

On Dather, an island once known as Oahu, Hawaii, King Renon enslaves the gifted and kills off the useless. When the day of her mother's execution arrives, Adaline discovers she's been a gifted in hiding all this time. Now it's not a matter of life or death, but freedom or enslavement. 

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"Maybe it’s in our blood to be fighters, but maybe we’ve never known to be anything else."

Adaline has reached Libertas, but it isn't the freedom she had imagined. A war is brewing between the gifted and the non-gifted, a line of separation that is slowly crumbling away. 

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Book 3 in The Markings series


“I am strong. I am a warrior. I am a survivor. I am not done fighting.” 

TRUST WITH THE LIBERTAS ARMY HAS BEEN LOST, and Adaline must find a way to fix what Zavy has destroyed. Back on Dather, on the enemy’s land, Adaline and Alexander struggle to reunite their army and fight off the looming threat of war. But they are out of time. The war is here and the broken army must come together if there is any chance of a victory against King Renon and his commander, Paylon.

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About the Author

Catherine Downen is a Young Adult author in both fantasy and contemporary romance. She graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, Catherine is working as an engineer in St. Louis while writing her books.

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