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New Release | Rotten Apple (Strawberry Shifters Book 4) by Marilyn Barr #darkfantasy #bookboost

Title Rotten Apple (Strawberry Shifters Book 4)

Author Marilyn Barr

Genre Dark Fantasy

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

Book Blurb

Rose has loved Fae Princess Orchid since childhood. Helpless to stop Orchid’s exile to Strawberry, she vows to avenge her death. If she had one more day with Orchid, would she have the courage to confess her love? It’s too late now…or is it?

Vampire Ryan’s myelodysplastic anemia has caught up with him. He fights in the Winter Solstice Battle for an honorable death but instead finds Orchid. While she’s not his ideal mate, she does offer him a trip to Magmell, where she promises their healers can cure him. Will he switch sides in the war against the Sluagh for immortality?

When Rose and Orchid are reunited, their passion burns out of control, but Ryan has already left his mark and changed the trajectory of Magmell forever. Royal alliances are built and destroyed, leaving Strawberry’s future in the balance. In a tale of villains, who deserves a happily ever after?


If not, this creature is the true love I have been waiting to meet all my life.

How could Fate be so cruel? To give me a vile enemy as a life partner when I have a few days to live is more than I can stomach. Bile surges up my throat as tears fill my eyes. A small sob escapes as I look the female in the eyes.

Delicate white eyelashes cast a subtle purple shadow on her cheeks when she blinks. Her skin is so white it’s nearly blue and glistens like glazed porcelain. I grab her elbows, so she doesn’t twist her claws in my wounds. She may resemble an ice sculpture but contact with the feminine softness of her skin is like settling under a warm blanket on a rainy afternoon. The heat emanating from her arms warms my palms and soothes my panic. My spine straightens. My resolve steels itself as my heart calls to the work of art in my embrace.

We stare at one another until Lucien calls my name. I am torn between my loyalty to Alison’s pack and the sad eyes staring back at me. The fairy looks over my shoulder and clicks at me. She is frantically trying to communicate but dying men don’t learn new languages. There is no time to fall in love.

“Hide,” I whisper, “then run away from here. Runaway from the fortress and most of all, run away from me.”

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Author Biography

Marilyn Barr lives in the wilds of Kentucky with her husband, son, and rescue cats. She has nine books with The Wild Rose Press in multiple romance subgenres from sweet, new adult romance to erotic, fantasy romance. She loves to place monstrous characters with hearts of gold in historical romances and her historical, paranormal romances have won the Crowned Heart Award, 2nd place in National Excellence in Story Telling (NEST) Contest, Imadjinn Award for Best Paranormal Romance, and Grand Finalist for the InD’Tale Magazine’s RONE Award. When engaging in the real world, you can find her with the Kentuckiana Romance Writers, volunteering with her son’s Special Olympics teams, or dancing around her kitchen. She is a sucker (haha) for cheesy horror movies, Italian food, punk music, black cats, bad puns, and all things witchy. For the latest Strawberry news and witchy tips, join her newsletter at

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Jun 07, 2023

Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing your new release with us! I can't wait to read Ryan's story.

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