Pre-Order: Darkly Ever After

Yesterday, the 17th of December, 2019 wasn’t just any ordinary day…it was the day my first solo publication went live for Pre-Order! I almost can’t believe it. I feel like I’ve waited for this, forever. “Darkly Ever After” is my debut short story collection, and I’d love to tell you more about it!


Let’s start with the official book blurb!

Darkly Ever After is the debut collection of Best Selling Australian author Zoey Xolton.

Between these pages you’ll find an alluring array of original dark fantasy, paranormal romance, ancient mythology and timeless fairy tale retellings.
Here, darkness reigns—but even in the dark there is hope.
Embrace the shadows and revel in your very own delicious Darkly Ever Afters…
Vampires, witches, ghosts, angels, demons, queens, princesses, fae, elves, gods and goddesses await!

Whether you seek microfiction, flash fiction or short stories this beautiful collection has it all.

This beautiful collection of mine is small, but beautiful. Though it’s presently available to readers via Pre-Order, I’m still formatting, editing and have yet to complete the design of the full paperback wrap. It’s definitely still a work in progress, but one that will be delivered on time, and worth the wait!

The gorgeous front cover was a collaboration between my own graphic design brand Broken Dream Designs, and Milk Tee Studios. Check out these lovely mock-ups!





Whilst I’m still toying with this collection’s content (mostly deciding that I want to add more to it!) is about 70% previously published material and 30% new. Irrespective, it’s all dark speculative fiction I’ve written over the course of this year, so it’s current material and work that I am very proud of. I know not everyone who follows me will have bought the dozens of anthologies my stories have featured in, so I think this is a really epic way to not only give the tales a second life, but to give readers an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of my labour all in one unique little volume of love.

Published by Australian independent press Blood Song Books, this is a collection you don’t want to miss out on! You can Pre-Order now and enjoy the eBook as soon as it releases on February 11th, 2020 (just in time for Valentine’s Day!) or you can wait a touch longer and get your hands on the stunning, high quality paperback when it goes live!


At launch of Pre-OrderDarkly Ever After” has already made waves and achieved Top 100 Best Seller status in both the U.K and Australia. See ranks below:

Best Sellers Charts on…
#52 in Folklore
#89 in Fairy Tales
#100 in Mythology

Hot New Releases on…
#3 in Folklore
#8 in Fairy Tales
#9 in Mythology

Best Sellers Charts on…
#86 in Mythology & Folk Tales
#94 in Mythology
#100 in Romance Short Stories

Hot New Releases on…
#23 in Mythology & Folk Tales
#28 in Mythology
#53 in Romance Short Stories

If you decide to purchase, please know that as a small town author from Perth, Western Australia, I truly appreciate your support! I sometimes feel disconnected and isolated from the greater artistic world (in no small part due to literal, physical distance), so it feels amazing when readers, fellow authors and publishers rally behind me. It helps me feel connected, and like my dreams of writing are worthwhile, and that my talent is being acknowledged and received in a positive light. It means everything to me!


Before you go, don’t forget to check out Blood Song Books‘ other brilliant titles, available in both eBook and trade paperback: “Curses & Cauldrons” and “Forest of Fear – Volume 1“!

Thank you for reading! Please feel free to share my blog with your friends.

May you feast upon the flesh of your enemies!

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