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Until the Stars Fall
The last time a fae king took a human bride it started a war.
This time it could prevent one.One of the few humans at the palace, Lykke has served the royal family her whole life, enjoying their protection from the fae who hate her kind. Unfortunately, nothing could protect her heart from falling in love with her best friend–the prince. Even if he returned her love, he could never marry a human, let alone a servant.But holding onto her mother’s words that love can conquer all, she refuses to give up, no matter the costs.As the crown prince, Connor is preparing to be king and doing his best to rebuild the king’s armies and neutralize a rebel threat. Tasked with also ensuring his younger brother ends his licentious ways and marries a neighboring princess, he thinks things can’t get any worse. Until a human servant–a woman he saved years ago–catches his brother’s eye and threatens to ruin everything.When Lykke finds herself sentenced to death for murdering a fae noble, she’s shocked to see it’s the older brother—Connor—who steps in to save her. And not in the way she expected.In a world jaded by war, where love is weakness, a fae prince finds himself torn between his desire to save his country and his growing love for a human. He can’t save both, but how can he choose between his duty and his heart?Until the Stars Fall is the first in a new fantasy romance collection of interconnected stand-alones, sweeping you to a magical war-torn world. This fated mates tale with a fake engagement brings you a noble fae prince who falls first–and hard. Loosely inspired by the movie, Sabrina, this slow-burn romance will have you swooning.
This series is recommended for older teens and adults, as it contains violence, language, and steamy content. Spicy scenes are written on page when it makes sense for the story.
A new adult fantasy romance collection of interconnected standalones, perfect for readers who love:
- fated mates
- one bed/one horse
- fake engagement
- mistaken identities
- enemies to lovers
- fae, vampires, shifters, and all manner of creatures, immortal and otherwise
- spice that doesn't take over the plot
This collection is slated to have five books total:Until the Stars Fall (February 2024)
Once the Skies Fade (August 2024)
Untitled 3 (February 2025)
Untitled 4 (TBD)
Untitled 5 (TBD)The first three books have been acquired by Dreamscape Media for audiobook production!
Aisling Sea Trilogy
On These Black Sands (#1)
In a world of lies and betrayal, trust can be dangerous and alliances can turn deadly.One of three heirs, Aoife has prepared her whole life to step into her mother’s seat on the Council and to help maintain the peace. Soon she will be matched to a pirate lord and begin her life of service in a loveless union–a fate she reluctantly accepts.But when her awkward tongue gets her in trouble–and her sister exiled–she learns the truth about the Council and the legacy she’s to inherit.Guilt-ridden over her mistake and convinced her people are better without her, she runs, seeking passage on one of the pirate ships.
A pirate with a ruthless reputation, Declan has avoided his island home for years, refusing to pay the price the Council requires of his kind. When a bit of bad luck forces him to return, he discovers his chance to be free of the Council and his past for good–a legendary dagger with the power to grant victory to any who wield it. With thirty days to deliver the weapon to the rebels, he can’t afford any delays–or distractions.So when an obnoxious heir demands passage off the island, the answer is an easy no. But he soon learns he can’t control her any more than he can control the seas, and she stows away on his ship. Against his better judgment and the demands of his crew, Declan allows her to stay, but just until the next port.Unfortunately for him, she could be the key to retrieving the dagger.Now this desperate pirate and stubborn heir must set aside their hatred to find the freedom they both desire… but they might just lose their hearts in the process, discovering a love neither wanted.Will love save them in the end or will it prove more dangerous than anything else on these seas?On These Black Sands is the first book in a new adult fantasy romance trilogy, pulling you into a unique world of heart-rending betrayal, deadly legends, and swoon-worthy love.
From These Dark Depths (#2)
Being eaten by a siren queen is at least an interesting way to die.
And Declan has little hope of avoiding it while locked in this brig.His captor is ruthless. His guilt is relentless.Everyone he needs is back on his ship, hopefully chasing after him…without tempting death themselves.But if they don’t make it in time, he’ll have to face the queen.And his demons.An heir stole his heart. Now that heart–and the remorse it harbors–may get him killed.Or worse.Black Sails meets Throne of Glass in book 2 of the Aisling Sea series. The stakes are higher with new dangers and more swoon-worthy romance sure to create fans of insta love. This is a forbidden love story with a bit of steam and a cliffhanger ending.
With These Last Breaths (#3)
Every journey must end... one way or another.And in Declan's experience, that usually means death.Death of his enemies. Death of his friends.Their one hope of surviving is in the hands of a man he wants to see suffer... even if it means letting the darkness within take over.But even if he retrieves the dagger, he could still lose everything.He could still lose her.He may not be good enough—he may not deserve her—but he's not about to let her go.Not without a fight.This is the final book in the Aisling Sea series. Darker, grittier, spicier, this book contains anxiety representation, torture, violence, family drama, and on-page intimate scenes.
A new adult fantasy romance series for readers who love:
- slow-burn romance with all the tension
- a bit of steam that builds with each book
- the one bed trope
- morally gray heroes
- relatable heroines
- found family & a feisty supporting cast
- fae royalty, man-eating sirens, & other magical creatures
- snarky banter
This series will have three books total:On These Black Sands (August 2021)
From These Dark Depths (August 16, 2022)
With These Last Breaths (August 15, 2023)Note: Books 1 and 2 end with cliffhangers
This series is recommended for older teens and adults, as it contains some violence, strong language, and steamy content. Spicy scenes progress gradually through the books with several scenes written on page in book three, but these are not overly explicit.
What is a "spice rack" exactly?
Well, it's a list of chapters that contain intimate content. This is located at the end of my books that contain on-page intimacy.Why do this?
I know not all of my readers are comfortable with on-page intimacy. While I feel these scenes add depth to the characters and their relationships and growth, they can often be skimmed or skipped to suit the readers' comfort levels.If you want to have a heads up about what chapters contain this content, the spice rack is provided for you.
With These Last Breaths
Chapter 18 - heavy kissing
Chapter 32 - two scenes
Chapter 36 - one scene
Chapter 40 - one scene
Chapter 42 - one scene
Chapter 43 - one scene
More about Vanessa
Vanessa Rasanen writes new adult fantasy romance filled with sassy attitudes, relatable characters, and slow-burn. She loves a good cliffhanger, judges books by their covers, and wishes she could write faster. Her books include a smidge of salty language, a bit of blood, and a serving of swoon-worthy romance perfect for readers who don't mind spice, but don't need it on every page.She lives southeast Wyoming with her pilot husband and four kids. When she's not writing you can find her mixing up a gin & tonic, rewatching New Girl, running a small business, and
wasting spending time on Instagram.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO IS VANESSA'S PUBLISHER?
Vanessa Rasanen's books are published through Crab Apple Books, a publishing imprint and business she started in 2018 when publishing Soldier On.WHY INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL?
Vanessa's entrepreneurial spirit lends itself well to independently publishing, allowing her the flexibility she needs and the influence she wants to have in the publishing process. Crab Apple Books is not simply a name to publish under, but is a publisher. Just a publisher with a staff of one.SO, CAN CRAB APPLE BOOKS PUBLISH MY BOOK?
At this time, Crab Apple Books is not publishing other authors' works due to the legal and financial work needed to pursue such a venture. Perhaps someday, but not in the foreseeable future.DOES VANESSA DO EVERYTHING HERSELF THEN?
While she does wear many hats in the publishing process, she lacks the skills and time to do everything. For those tasks, she hires those who do. This includes cover designers, cartographers, editors, tour coordinators, and more. However, she does do all book formatting herself, utilizing the experience with Adobe InDesign she gained at her day job.CAN VANESSA TEACH ME HOW TO PUBLISH?
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