Dragonesque (An Anthology)
In DRAGONESQUE, you get the rare opportunity to experience the world from the dragon’s point of view. DRAGONESQUE features sixteen original stories from fiery authors including Em McDermott, all written through a dragon’s eyes! DRAGONESQUE will be released in the summer of 2023.
Merciless Mermaids: Tails from the Deep
Merciless Mermaids is an anthology full of tales about vengeful mermaids and other sea creatures. It includes Em’s short story, The Woman Who Held the Sea in Her Hair. It will be released on August 2, 2023.
Grim Brothers: A Grimdark Fairy Tale (A Cursed Woods Novella)
I will haunt Baneswood until it spits out those I love. This I swear, if it costs me everything.
Rune is a boy on the edge of manhood when a sorcerer arrives in his small village in the woods. When the sorcerer bewitches his sister, Aurora, forcing her into marriage against her will, Rune and his three brothers vow to do anything it takes to rescue her. But young Rune never could have imagined the price they must pay to get her back.
Grim Brothers is an origin story in the Cursed Woods series of dark fairy tales. It can be read as a standalone, but is best read after The Woods, as it contains minor spoilers.
The Woods: A Dark Red Riding Hood Retelling (A Cursed Woods Novel)
The only thing more powerful than fear is love.
Sheltered Red is trapped in her village by a wall meant to protect her from the monstrous wolves who hunt in the Woods. She dreams of overcoming her fear to live a life in the wild, but she’s not brave enough to pick up an axe.
When an attack forces Red into the Woods on a desperate, life-saving mission, she finds herself in a hidden world that is nothing like she imagined. In this strange new world, Red must find her voice or die. And her life is not the only thing on the line. War threatens, destiny calls, and Red’s heart may be in the most danger of all…
The Woods is a dark, romantic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
The Winter Stags (A Cursed Woods short story)
Selma can’t wait to see her father and brothers. Journeying through the deep Woods with her mother to the cottage where her family gathers twice a year is a joy.
Until Selma’s mother gets sick on the way, and a freak snowstorm traps them alone in an abandoned cottage. Eleven-year-old Selma is her mother’s only hope for survival. So Selma sets out after a rumor that once upon a time there was enough magic in this cursed forest to save a life.
Even if it’s true, the unfriendly Woods won’t offer up its treasures without cost. And the clock is ticking.
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A YA coming-of-age portal fantasy full of heart, celebrating diversity, and asking questions about how we choose who we want to become.