Monday, December 5, 2016

Excerpt Tour: Nicolas by Dianne Hartsock



Nicolas
by Dianne Hartsock

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GENRE: Erotic Romance (M/M)

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BLURB:

Betrayed by a lover, Jamie rents an isolated cabin on Lake Huron, wanting only to be left alone. Instead, he is pulled from his solitary existence as an artist and tumbles headlong into the legend of Saint Nicolas.

As a young man, Nicolas accidentally killed a man intent on murdering three children, only to have the man’s malicious spirit rise up against him. Fleeing through the centuries from the Krampus, the evil troll-like creature that dogs his steps, Nico finds refuge with the young artist who takes him into his home and bed. But Jamie has questions. Who is Nicolas, and why does the Krampus want to destroy him?

When the Krampus begins to torment and torture anyone Nico comes in contact with to punish him, Jamie’s life is put in danger. And Jamie isn’t sure whether he can help Nico defeat his nemesis or if he’s merely a pawn in the Krampus’s game.


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Exclusive Excerpt:


He scrubbed a hand over his face. God, that had been ages ago. The last shreds of the dream dissipated, and he reached for the bedside light, fumbling in the darkness for the switch. Low light stung his eyes and he blinked at the empty bedroom, unable to believe the attack hadn’t been real.

He flung off the heavy quilts and slid to his feet, clinging to the post at the foot of the bed as a wave of dizziness struck him. Laughter from the other room jolted him. Heart pounding, he bolted for the door and it crashed into the wall as he flung it open. The reddish glow from the banked fire on the hearth lit the main room of the cabin, though the kitchen area remained in shadows.

Jamie’s gaze swept the rooms, focusing on the dark corners.  No one jumped out at him. Nobody sat on the couch. His coffee cup remained undisturbed where he’d left it on the hearth. Of course. The cabin was isolated, miles from the nearest neighbor. Who would bother to come way out there, especially with the threat of another snowstorm on the way?

He ran a trembling hand through his hair, pushing the sweat-drenched bangs from his forehead. Christ, the dream had seemed so real. The cold of the great room finally registered, creeping up from the hardwood flooring. Shaking, he crossed to the fireplace and stirred up the coals, adding another log.

With a sigh, he sank into the cushions of the worn couch and pulled the woolen afghan around his bare shoulders. The log caught and the fire crackled, sparks dancing up the flue. Recalling his dream and the hard body against his, he shrugged when his body perked up.

“It’s been a while,” he acknowledged, watching the flames lick at the oak log. He’d signed a year’s lease on the cabin, right after catching his boyfriend in the stairwell of their apartment building, making out with their neighbor. It hadn’t been the first time, either, though again Patrick had his apologies ready. That had been over six months ago, and since the cabin stood miles over rough terrain from the nearest town, he’d rarely seen another human being in all that time.

“Just the way I like it,” he told the indifferent fire burning its way through the wood. But the stranger’s lips in his dream had been soft, his thrusting tongue sweet in Jamie’s mouth. He hadn’t liked the violent aspect of the dream, but if that had been a lover in his bed?





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AUTHOR Bio and Links:



Dianne grew up in one of the older homes in the middle of Los Angeles, a place of hardwood floors and secret closets and back staircases. A house where ghosts lurk in the basement and the faces in the paintings watch you walk up the front stairs. Rooms where you keep the closet doors closed tight at night. It’s where her love of the mysterious and wonderful came from. Dianne is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy adventure, m/m romance, and anything else that comes to mind.

She now lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play. Dianne says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house with a fire crackling on the hearth and a cup of hot coffee in her hands, which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION


Dianne will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.






28 comments:

  1. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

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    1. I'm glad you're having a good time Nikolina! I have a soft spot in my heart for these men of mine. :)

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  2. Thanks so much Teresa for hosting me today!

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    1. You re very welcome. Best wishes to you and your book.

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  3. Thanks for the post and excerpt. Nicolas sounds interesting.

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    1. Glad you like them, Jen! Good luck on the tour. :)

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    1. Don't you just love it Kate! So happy with it. Thanks for stopping in. :)

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  5. I can't wait to read Nicolas! It sounds great!

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    1. Thanks so much Wendy! Hope you enjoy my guys. :)

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  6. What is the best book that you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980*at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  7. A proper read for the holiday, this. ;-)
    It's been enjoyable following this blog tour, Dianne and thanks for the giveaway chance.
    It's still weeks away from Christmas, but ...Happy Holidays! :)

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  8. This book sounds really amazing, I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. What made you want to become a writer?

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  10. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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  11. It's the start of another week. Can anyone tell me where this year has gone?

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  12. Hi Dianne, hope you're enjoying the tour so far!

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  13. I really enjoy reading all the comments and answers.

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  14. I'm off carolling again so I'll just wish you all a merry Christmas! Enjoy!

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  15. Happy Saturday from a very wet & windy Ireland!

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