Tales of the Highwaymen

Tales of the Highwaymen is a fantasy series, and the setting shares many characteristics with the Georgian period (1714-1830) in England. It takes place in Melara, a parallel dimension where there is still a huge gap between the very rich minority and the very poor majority. Melara, however, has one advantage: magic. Its inhabitants know there are other dimensions. They can see them in bodies of water and mirrors, briefly, but they cannot reach them. Only those born with a talent for it can actually use magic.

Our story begins when one member of the aristocracy, Theodore, decides the women of his world bore him and declares he’d like to marry someone from one of the other dimensions. Everyone laughs until his godmother Maeva, a powerful sorceress, says she can grant this wish with an enchanted portrait. However, the portrait can only bring others to Melara. There is no way of sending them back to where they came from.

Who’s Who in Melara 
Eloise: a grant writer from our world who became entranced by Theodore’s portrait and ended up passing into Melara

Adam: an art historian who worked in the same museum as Eloise and eventually followed her into Melara after seeing her disappear before his eyes

Theodore: a spoiled aristocrat who is indulged by his godmother and learns a lot of hard lessons when his godmother’s enchanted portrait does not bring him the happiness he expected; cousin to the present king and fourth in line for the throne

Maeva: Theodore’s godmother, a sorceress who’s used to getting her way and never being told “no” by anyone

Gerard: a Robin Hood-like highwayman who helps both Adam and Jacob when they become trapped in Melara

Jacob: another museum employee who gets trapped in Melara because of the portrait

Nicholas: a man who rejected Maeva and spent years haunting an estate in Melara because of a curse she placed on him

Aloysius: the present king of Melara

Benjamin: a young laird from the lowlands who’s intrigued by the local highwaymen

Malcolm: a sorcerer from the lowlands who comes to join the highwaymen

Christopher: the youngest highwaymen, saved from a life on the streets by Gerard

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Stand and Deliver
Eloise thought being whisked to another dimension by a handsome man would be a fantasy come true, but the gorgeous nobleman in question can’t even make her come. As she tries to figure out how to free herself of him, she begins to notice a masked man following her wherever she goes.

In this world of lords and ladies, should she be afraid when this dashing highwayman rides up and demands that she be delivered into his arms? Her brain tells her to be wary, but her body tells her that the ultimate fantasy might be within reach after all…

Your Money or Your Life
When Jacob fell moving a portrait in the museum where he worked, he was worried about damaging it. He never imagined he would fall into it and wake up in another dimension. Though his day does start to improve when a sexy masked man rides to his rescue…

Gerard thought his friends Adam and Eloise would be the enchanted portrait’s only victims, but when he finds a gorgeous but bewildered young man wandering in the woods, he realizes how wrong he was. Now he has to enlist the help of a man he can’t stand to put a stop to the magic, even though he’d much rather be spending that time in the arms of the sexy man now sharing his home.

All Mine
Theodore has already been disappointed in love twice, and he isn’t looking for any more heartache. So when the handsome Nicholas, who happens to be suffering under a curse placed by Theodore’s mischievous godmother, informs Theodore that his love is the only cure, Theodore refuses to believe it. But Nicholas knows from their very first kiss that Theodore is the man for him. He isn’t going to give up until he convinces Theodore their love is what they’ve both spent years longing for.

Submitting to Their Laird

Two handsome masked men have haunted Benjamin’s dreams for months. When he attends the king’s wedding and meets Theodore and Nicholas, he’s sure his dreams are about to come true. Despite their attraction to him, the two highwaymen prove reluctant to upend their lives simply to take a chance on the mysterious dreams Benjamin has been having. But a mission from the king gives Benjamin a chance to convince them, and he’s going to do all in his power to make both these men his.

Strange Magic

Malcolm, a sorcerer in Melara, heads north to meet with another magic user, who happens to be the land’s new queen. But on the way there, Malcolm rescues Christopher, a handsome young man who casts a completely different kind of spell on the sorcerer. Malcolm tries to focus on his diplomatic mission, but the queen insists the two men met for a reason. They’re just beginning to explore this connection when the kingdom is threatened, and Malcolm finds himself fighting not only for his new friends but also for the man he’s growing to love.