Lawless In Leather
Winterfall Destiny
Mated to the sapphic orc
Fae's Fate
Broken: A Romantic Science Fiction Eco Adventure
Wolf's Prize
Wicked Ways
Unbreak My Heart
Curiosity Killed the Vampire
From Across the Sea
Angel In Armani
Edge of Night
The Witch's Tangle
Three Vampires And A Baby
Banshee, Death and Disarray: Holly Harrow: A Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Damaris: A Scifi Alien Romance
The Shattered Court
Moon Blessed
Falling for Mr. Fake It

2024 covers

Welcome to the Dark Side!

We are writers mainly from Australia and New Zealand who write speculative fiction with romantic elements. Be it fantasy, paranormal, dark urban fantasy, futuristic and everything in between.

Thursday 4 July 2024

DarkLight On...Mila Young!

Welcome Mila!

How did you come to write spec-fiction romance? What attracted you to the genre?

I've always loved reading and writing stories from a very young age. I grew up inhaling horror books and movies, my favorite author being Richard Laymon, so telling stories has always been a part of my life. My father is also an author, so I grew up with a lot of books in houses, and he used to read to me a lot of darker fairy tales growing up, which I really think is what influenced my passion for mythology and the supernatural :)

Tell us about working as a co-author?

I actually really enjoy co-authoring as it means there are two of us to brainstorm the story, you're only writing half a story since you're sharing, and there's lots of behind the scene funnies. There are also two of you promoting the books for more exposure. It is super important though to ensure you select the right co-author as I've had some issues in the past with some. You want to ensure you and your co-write really get along, you both write similarly, and support one another. It's a relationship at the end of the day which means respecting each other and not seeing each other as competition. In my experience, I've found it's a great way to also create some wonderful friendships.

Are you a plotter? Panster? Or somewhere in-between?

I'm a plotter and when I start crafting a story, often some scenes will veer off the pain path. I love this aspect because it leads to some incredible twists in the story.

Do you have a favourite of your characters?

That's so hard as I love them all. Right now, I'm adoring my heroine, Sasha, and hero, Kaden from my upcoming release - Bind Me. The fire and tension between them is off the charts, and I'm loving all their bantering. He's an Alpha kraken shifter, new in this world and he's just found his fated mate, but Sasha, a mermaid, who is a bounty hunter has no intention of settling down when she has a killer to track down. I'm loving how well these are bouncing off each other.

What are you currently working on?

Right now, I'm working on two stories:

Bind Me
- comes out July 31

Fate shattered my world in a heartbeat.

As a bounty hunter, I’ve hunted the supernatural, yet nothing prepared me for the truth about my bloodline.

Exiled by a harsh twist of fate, I’m thrust into the cold heart of Norway. Here, amid ancient forests and icy waters, I’m supposed to start over. But shadows from my past cling tighter than ever.

A mission that was supposed to be my redemption throws me into the path with him—a man as dangerous and mysterious as he is infuriating. He’s hiding secrets that will get me killed, revealing he’s my fated mate.


His touch sparks a flame inside me, leaving me questioning everything.

Together, we stumble upon a dark conspiracy, centuries in the making, binding our fates together. As truths surface, we’re forced to work together.

As lines blur between us, I’m faced with a choice. Can I trust the man who awakens my soul but might be my ultimate undoing?

Their Pretty Little Monster
- comes out July 24

In their arms, danger becomes desire.
Every year, monsters demand their Offerings—women like me. This year, I thought I escaped. I thought I was safe. Then he arrived.

The Viscount.

Dangerous and ruthless, he declares me a late Offering.

Swept into the deadly realm of the Shadowfen, I realize I’m not here by chance.

They want to rule, and I’m their key. My reality crumbles, and as much as we act like enemies, they refuse to let me go. Their touch ignites a fire I can’t resist, fueling desires I never expected.

They call me their little monster.

Maybe they’re right.

Because when everything is stripped away, a fiercer side of me no one expected—not even me—emerges.

You see, in the shadows, temptation and peril collide.

So, ready or not, the monster within is about to be unleashed… and these three Shadowfen are eager to claim their prize in the Monster Bride Trials.


What can we expect from you in the future?

I have so many stories planned LOL
This year, I have a fun story set in my Post Apocalyptic world of Savage Sector, which will be a standalone.

Nightmare Island ( Pre-Order)

After that, I will be working on a brand new Fantasy Romance series. I can't wait to share it.

Do you have advice for emerging writers?

I found it incredibly valuable to network with authors and not confine yourself to just one or two author groups. There's a wealth of information out there on writing, and often you need to explore a bit to find what truly works for you. From my own experience, I've learned that not all advice is equally beneficial. Looking back, I wish I had stepped out of the more comfortable author groups I started with sooner.

What are you currently reading/watching?

I just finished binging, Resident Alien, season 3. It's hilarious. And I'm currently reading Cross My Heart by Roxy Sloane :

Thanks Mila!

Mila Young

Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters, real and imaginary, like there's no tomorrow.
By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she battles with her mighty pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever after tales. 

Monday 1 July 2024

DarkSider News: July 2024 - Events, part 1!


"Books and doors are the same thing. 
You open them, and you go through into another world.” 
– Jeanette Winterson

Author talk - M.L. Tompsett
Corinella & District Community Centre, VIC
10 July

will feature DarkSiders:
M.L. Tompsett

Ring number in advertisement.


Fraser Pop!
Maryborough, Qld
13-14 July

will feature DarkSiders:
HM Hodgson
Cassie Laelyn

Gold coin donation for entry

Maleny Handmade & Artisan Markets
Maleny , Qld
13-14 July

will feature DarkSider:
Bernadette Rowley

Stephanies' Learn from a Local Workshops
Jumpers & Jazz Festival
Warwick, QLD
22-26 July

will feature DarkSider:
Bernadette Rowley

presenting workshop
A Few Words About Love 

Ever wanted to write a novel but don’t know how to get started? 
Romantasy author Bernadette Rowley leads you on a plotting journey. 
This class is an interactive guide to plotting your romance novel, whether it be
contemporary, fantasy or historical fiction.
During the class you’ll learn how Bernadette got started on her author
journey and take a peek into her fantasy world. 
Feel free to ask all the questions you’ve wanted to ask an author.
And you can pick up an autographed copy of one of 
Bernadette’s eleven published novels.

Romance Author Panel
Romance Writers of Australia SA
3 August

will feature DarkSider:
Eleni Konstantine

Tickets - free entry

Other panels

Bite Me Monster Con 
Virtual signing
17-18 August

will feature DarkSider:
Mila Young

Trope Actually Book Signing
Romance Writers of Australia
Stamford Grand, Adelaide
16 August

will feature DarkSiders:
Anna Hackett - pre-order form
Helen Walton
HM Hodgson
Melanie Pickering - pre-order form

Books In-Sight Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
21 September

will feature DarkSiders:
Keri Arthur
Khloe Wren
M.L. Tompsett

Meet the author: Efthalia
Library Talk
Knox Library – Ngarrgoo, Vic
26 September

will feature DarkSiders:

Bookings open 1 August

Readers Unleashed
14-15 March 2025

will feature DarkSider:
Cassie Laelyn
HM Hodgson

Apollycon 2025
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Maryland USA
10-13 April 2025

will feature DarkSider:
Mila Young

Dark Delights Book Signing Event
20 September 2025

will feature DarkSider:
Melanie Pickering

Tickets on sale July 5th 


Congratulations to our DarkSiders! 

Happy Reading everyone. Be safe & well. 

Next on the DarkSider News: Events part 2

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