Aine: Another Complication- As one of the newest, Aine gets the job nobody wants: arresting a vampire for breaking The Laws. As if everything going wrong wasn't bad enough, things are complicated when he discovers that his target has broken yet another one.

Ark: Echo from the Past- Ark has been an Executioner for two hundred and fifty years, and has always done his duty. When he's handed an assignment with a familiar perpetrator, will he be able to follow orders?

Verchiel: Never Ending Question- Verchiel wakes up in an unfamiliar room with a busty woman standing over him. He doesn't know who she is - or who he is - or how he became an immortal blood drinker. As he tries to discover the answers, he must learn to control his blood lust or fight a village of panicked people

Beldren: What We Deserve- The year is 1687. Beldren, a former indentured servant, suffers the same fate as many others of his kind - the promised land and money never materialized. When Matthias suggest they take their due, Beldren is skeptical, but what else does he have to do? It's a choice he may live to regret.

Byrn: At Christmas- It's 1755. With The Guild in it's infancy, there are only so many Executioners, so when a report of mass killings rolls in at Christmas time, Byrn is sent to sort it out. He'd better do something special to appease his wife.

Lisiantha: Home for Christmas - After a bad breakup, Lisiantha returns to her rural coven. Dreading a run in with her ex, Josh, she soon has more important things to worry about: her master made a mistake and a warring coven wants her blood. Can Lisiantha and Josh find a way to save her – and maybe rekindle an old love in the process? Even vampires enjoy a Hallmark-style Christmas special.

Bren: In the Dark - Bren has a simple assignment - to deal with a coven who's killed too many locals. When he takes a victim's phone as a trophy, he becomes fascinated with the story of her death - almost too fascinated.

Cyprus: Future's Promise - Before Cyprus joined the ranks of the Executioners, he was a guard at the Stronghold in Munich, Germany, where he fell in love with Sadihra, who is the German equivalent of an Executioner.

Tales of the Executioners

The Tales of the Executioners collection: Free short stories from the world of Amaranthine; a universe of blood and darkness. Each tale centers around one of the Executioners squad; the special vampire "police" force. Members both past and present share stories of assignments, origins, and more. Some are sad, some are dark, and some are just fun. Are you brave enough to walk in the shadows?

Sadly, due to publisher decisions outside my control, the shorts are no longer available on Amazon. You can still find the stories on other retailers. I apologize for the inconvenience.

It doesn't matter what order you read the stories in - each is a stand alone short!

Daniel: Black Luck - Daniel and Kateesha are tasked with apprehending a murderous vampire, but all work and no play makes Kateesha bored. When she lures Daniel into neglecting their duty, he can guess his future: failure isn’t something The Guild takes lightly.

Dismas: Prayers of the Damned - In 1893, Dismas is still a greater guard - or was before he joined Kateesha's revolt. Regretful, he wants to go back to The Guild, but can he get there - and obtain forgiveness - before Kateesha or the Executioners kill him?

Franklin: The Promise - After one hundred years of silence, The Hand of Death is on the radar again – and Franklin is assigned to deal with the situation. In a battle against legends, what can go wrong? Read the attack on Oren’s den through the Executioner’s point of view.

Greneth: Halloween Hijinx - When the haunted house advertisement shows a cartoon vampire, Greneth knows he has to go. The money off deal is only good for two, and he knows just the vampiress to accompany him: Griselda. Now to make sure the evening turns out the way he wants...

Fallon: Taste in Men - Though she's over 100, Fallon feels responsible for his sister. From one disaster to another, her relationships give new meaning to bad taste, and her newest is no better. Fallon knows Warren is up to something, but convincing Laura of it is another matter.

Zuri: Trapped - Contains spoilers for Ashes of Deceit. Taken prisoner by Oren's war coven, Zuri is held captive for twelve days. When he returns to the citadel, Eileifr refuses to reinstate him as an Executioner, forcing him to take "time to recuperate". Rather than the healing vacation its meant to be, Zuri feels just as trapped as he was by the war coven - maybe even more so.

Jamie: The Blood of Betrayal - Wounded in battle, Jamie crawls home, desperate to see his wife and family again. When he wakes miraculously healed, he’s bombarded with one horrible revelation after another. His wife is dead, and his father hung as a traitor. But how is it that his sister and brother-in-law were spared? Is their story true, or did his brother-in-law speed them to the grave to get his hand on the title? And what does the mysterious Eagan – who now claims to be their master – have to do with it?

Griselda: Pack of Wolves - It's hard to tell who's your enemy and who's your friend at the citadel. No wonder the Executioners have human guard dogs.

Coming Soon:Jorick - Jorick has been away from his home and his wife too long. Finally freed from Malick's service, he heads home, but what he finds may well destroy him.

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