The Desires Within (Ariel’s Pride Book 1)

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Bold Ariel Pathtreader had to live up to her name and stop a war between gods. If she failed, the cost would be borne by everyone who touched her life. There was Princess Aubrielle, who found the courage to renew the nobility's commitment to the land at Beltane. There were Emmy and Reshah, the human and gnoll who defied both their peoples customs to find love together. And most of all, there was Ariel's Pride, her own party.

People out there in the real world might not understand why success mattered so much. After all, Ariel was a character in the world's leading virtual reality game. But Ariel knew that the the lives and feelings of her friends in this world were as real to them as her player's life out there. She would not let her friends down.

Chandra Lansing understood what it was like to be in Ariel's world. As one of the most active fans in Ariel's community, she also saw how Ariel's choice to live her life on camera in front of everyone brought ripples of her world out of the game. In Ariel's world, shame was almost unheard of, while love and intimacy were rewarded. If the real world had more of that acceptance, Chandra might not be alone, afraid to even fully admit her desires to herself. As the newest marketing intern working on Ariel's team out in the real world, she might just have an opportunity to help create a space where that was possible.

Out in the real world, it would be inappropriate for Chandra to share her true feelings with Ariel, or her player, David. But when she's given an opportunity to join the game as Jackal, the only thing stopping her from joining Ariel's world and letting Ariel know just how much she means is her own fear and doubt.

When a Goddess Calls (Immortality Curse Book 2)

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Princess Aubrielle Berman knows that when a goddess calls, nobility must answer. If she cannot renew the pact between land, commoner, and noble at The Great Lady's Beltane rite, then the death of a village, cursed when blood was spilled on the common, will be the least of her problems. Without Ariel's help, the princess has no hope of saving the village.

Even a month ago, Princess Aubrielle would not have dreamed of turning to an immortal (or player as they call themselves) like Ariel to help her answer the Great Lady's call. But after Ariel helped the princess overcome her arrogance and relate to the commoners enough to take the nobl part in the goddess's rite, Princess Aubrielle would not dream of turning to anyone else.

Ariel may be a character in the world's most realistic virtual reality, but even for her and her player David, the events in the princess’s world have consequences they cannot escape. Besides, David and Ariel have their own challenge to face. Ariel's success as the first immortal player to be initiated into her guild means that David can spend almost all his time playing Ariel. Increasingly, he feels like he is living a lie: no one knows that Ariel is played by a man. No one appreciates the work he's done. But could David face a world in which everyone knew that he was behind Ariel?

The Immortality Curse: Phoenix Rising

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When a group of industrial AI controllers said they were bored and wanted to use excess capacity to create an online game, they were met with ridicule. Then the beta came out, and the joke was on the rest of the industry. The world was the ultimate in virtual reality. There were no limits to what players could do. The AI touch mattered. The NPCs were just that much more realistic.

The tavern wench Hulda had captivated David's interest like no other NPC: she was vibrant and full of life. Before he could lose his courage, his new character Ariel was born. She was a foxy, curvaceous goddess, and like Hulda, she would take all life had to offer. Through her, David was free to live fantasies he could never find courage to face as himself. David had already succeeded against the monsters and dungeons. That had freed him from his world. Ariel was going to be even better: she was going to free him from himself. That first night, playing Ariel was everything David hoped it would be. But as Ariel learned more about Hulda's world, she realized things were not as they seemed between the NPCs and players. In Hulda's world, the true enemies were not the monsters Ariel could see, but rather the fears in her own mind. To survive in this world, Ariel needed to face those fears and find her place in a world where even her notions of right and wrong are turned upside down.