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Welcome to Snippet Sunday where we each post a bit from our WIPs. You can find the other snippets HERE!

I’ve just finished first round edits on my Christmas story NICOLAS coming out this holiday from Dreamspinner Press. Yay! Here’s the opening lines. Might still be a little rough, but…here goes!

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Jamie startled awake. “What?”

He had trouble breathing, the crushing weight on his chest seeming to have followed him up from his dreams.  But this couldn’t be right. He’d rented the cabin for its isolation. No one should be there. Did he still dream?

A warm breath brushed against his cheek, sending a shiver of dread and strange anticipation through him. “Easy, baby,” a silky voice whispered in the darkness. Sharp teeth nipped his earlobe and pleasure and pain sparked along his nerves. His eyes adjusted to the moonlight filtering through the sheer curtains, and he stared in amazement at the man gazing  at him with wild green eyes, long pale hair, high cheekbones and a slender neck he craved to run his tongue along.


Betrayed by a lover, Jamie has rented an isolated cabin on Lake Huron, wanting nothing more than to be left alone. Instead, he is pulled from his ordinary, solitary existence and tumbles headlong into the legend of Saint Nicolas.

As a young man, Nicolas accidently kills a man intent on murdering three children, only to have the man’s evil 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 house and bed. But Jamie has questions. Who is Nicolas and why does the Krampus want to destroy him?

As the Krampus begins to torment and torture anyone Nico comes in contact with, to punish him, Jamie’s own life is put in danger. Can Jamie help Nico defeat his nemesis, or is he simply another pawn in the Krampus’s game?


About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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18 Responses to NICOLAS #SnipSun

  1. Well that was certainly spooky! What a way to wake up when you think you’re alone…great snippet!

  2. That would be an awesome way to wake up if he wasn’t supposed to be alone. Great start. 🙂

  3. Allyson says:

    That’s one way to be woken.

  4. Fun when the dream jumps into reality.

  5. P.T. Wyant says:

    I can’t wait for the next snippet — or for the book! This sounds like a great story!

  6. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Living the dream…takes on a whole new meaning. I’m intrigued to know more. 🙂

  7. Now this sounds really interesting, definitely hooked. Gotta love waking up thinking your alone and find you really aren’t alone. Talk about a rude wake up call. Lol.

  8. jtsuruoka says:

    Yikes… that’s a creepy way to wake up. Who doesn’t love a creepy story set in an isolated cabin?

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