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Working for literary sensation Gerulf Prince should have been a dream job for aspiring author Zane Beaumont. Six months, all-expenses paid, and one-on-one time with his favorite writer? It sounded too good to be true — because it was. It turned out there was a reason no one had seen the mysterious writer in two years and why his lawyer was willing to pay so much for a job people should have been clamoring to do for free. Young and optimistic and apparently everything Gerulf hates, Zane nevertheless tries to make the best of the situation. Except, with each day that passes, it’s harder and harder for Zane to ignore his feelings for his irascible employer and remember that at the end of six months, the fairytale is over.

Gerulf Prince doesn’t need an assistant and he certainly doesn’t want the likes of Zane Beaumont hanging around his house all day. Still reeling from an accident that left him lame and disfigured, Gerulf has struggled to pick up the pieces of his life, including his writing career. With a deadline for his latest project fast approaching and the threat of a lawsuit hanging over his head, he has no choice but to grudgingly accept Zane’s help. It doesn’t mean he has to like his infectious laugh or look forward to their daily walks. And under no circumstances does Gerulf want to suffer through yet another conversation about books with the bright-eyed librarian. But at the end of six months, Gerulf is faced with a decision he never saw coming — break his contract and face a media firestorm or submit his novel and risk losing his newfound muse forever.

WITHER is part of an anthology coming Summer 2022.