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Drakyl Ranch Book One
Living in Montana and working the ranch is all Aaron wants to do for the rest of his life. Diagnosed as allergic to the sun thirteen years previous, every day is a struggle to get out of bed. Having to wear long-sleeved shirts, gloves, and even material to cover his face from the effects of the sun, just makes it all worse. Now, in his thirty-second year, he is sure this will be his last summer. While he hates it, he knows he needs to come to terms with the truth and put things in order for his younger cousins. Before he does so, he heads out for one night of pleasure before facing what’s coming.
Jaret loves excitement and new adventures. For over five hundred years, he has sought them out. In Montana on a whim, he comes across someone he doesn’t expect, someone who makes him feel things he does not understand and does not want to give up. In no time at all, he feels like he cannot live without Aaron. The only problem is Aaron doesn’t know who he is, what he is, nor that he isn’t going to die. Not on Jaret’s watch. With a plan to help the other man discover who he is in place, he only has one thing to worry about: whether an ancient enemy will come and destroy everything he now holds dear.
Warning: This book is a paranormal m/m romance with some horror elements. It also crosses cowboy and vampire genres. If you don’t think cowboys look hot with fangs, you’re missing out.
Genre: Paranormal Romantic SuspensePurchase link(s): Amazon Smashwords iTunes Kobo B&N
Content/Theme(s): M/M, Vampires, Cowboys, Action, Horror, GLBT
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: NQWYE Press
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“Hey,” Aaron said in a quiet voice.
“Hey. Shouldn’t you be sleeping?” Jaret teased lightly, glad he didn’t need the light to see as he walked across to Aaron’s bed.
“Couldn’t sleep. I feel better in the mornin’, but fuckin’ awful by nightfall. I-I’m scared, Jaret,” he admitted in a shaky tone. “I’m scared I’m gonna die. When I’ve finally found someone worth livin’ for.”
Sitting on the side of the bed, Jaret reached out and caressed the face in front of him. “You’re not going to die, Aaron.”
“You don’t know that. This sickness, ailment, curse…whatever the fuck it is. It’s gettin’ worse. And it’s changin’. Morphin’ into somethin’ scary. My nightmares lately have been horrible.”
“What kind of nightmares?” Of course, Jaret knew. They were the same kind all of them had during the change. Fire and ice as the body went through horrendous chills and soaring high fevers. They would only stop once the change was complete. For after that, there was no real sleep anymore.
“Bein’ caught on high mountains, pelted with snow. Of the forests here bright with orange fire. Of you—” His voice broke. “Callin’ out my name only I’m no longer here to respond.”
“Babe,” Jaret said in a soft voice, not understanding why but knowing he was closer to this drakyl than he had ever been to anyone. “We’re going to get you cured. Then you can come out with me at night. We’ll keep the place predator free while your cousins slave in the sun. How does that sound?”
A sad attempt at a laugh left the other man’s throat. “Promise me you won’t leave until I’m gone?”
Fury swept along Jaret’s veins. Anger at the sun, the fact the man next to him was terrified, and at Davis for not explaining to the poor man earlier what he was. But mostly, he was furious at himself for not telling Aaron the truth. Leaning in, he placed his nose against Aaron’s. “I promise you,” he said in a deep growl, “that you are not going to die, Aaron Drakyl. I won’t let it happen.”
“I don’t think you can stop the inevitable.”
“Your death is not inevitable. Unless you expose yourself to the sun or keep going on the way you’ve been going. Now, I don’t want any more defeatist attitude. Drink.” Pulling one of the bottles up, he uncorked it and handed it over. “Drink it all.”
“Is this some more of your magic elixir?”
“The stuff you give me makes me feel better.”
Shaking his head at the lies piling up, Jaret made a decision. “Yes, that’s exactly what this is. I, too, have what you have.”
“Aaron. I have the same issues. Burnt by sunlight, extreme exhaustion if I try to stay up during the day.” He paused and then added, “The inability to eat the kind of food your relatives eat. This,” he said, putting the bottle up to Aaron’s lips, “is our diet. Drink, Aaron. Drink it all down.”
He stared at Aaron, half expecting him to argue, and feeling both grateful and guilty when he didn’t. Instead, Aaron took a sip and before long had emptied the entire thing. “Oh, that was good,” he moaned and Jaret switched the bottles.
“Drink this one, too.”
“I’ll start sloshin’.”
“No, you won’t. Drink it. You’ll feel amazingly better.” Without another argument, Aaron put it to his lips and began to drink, quickly guzzling down the red liquid. By the time it was halfway empty, Jaret got his first clue that maybe, just maybe, he was on the right track. Aaron’s scent changed. While his natural scents of vanilla cigars and peppermint increased, the lemon had sharpened. Aaron was so close to making the final change. What would it take to bring about that final chemical reaction that would make his fangs burst forth? Jaret had always assumed it was human blood. But the way the man in bed reacted to the lion’s blood, maybe he just needed a powerful enough predator.
The second bottle empty, Aaron let out a long, relieved sigh. “I hope one day you’ll show me how to make that. Best thing I’ve ever tasted. Well…second best.”
Raising an eyebrow which he was sure Aaron could not see, Jaret responded. “Second best?” He couldn’t imagine anything that would taste any better than blood.
“Yes, the first is your cum.”
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