snippetsunday2chstory2Welcome to Snippet Sunday where we each post a bit from our WIPs. You can find the other snippets HERE!

This week continues my Christmas story NICOLAS, where Jamie wakes up with a stranger. Well…sort of…

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Heat pooled in Jamie’s stomach. God, what was happening? The thing in his bed looked like a man, but his every instinct shouted otherwise.  His skin was warm when it should have been cold from being outside. And how had he gotten in? All the windows and doors were locked tight against the winter storm. It was as if he’d just materialized in Jamie’s bed. “Who—”

The triumphant hiss in his ear shot ice through his veins. “So naughty.”

“No!” Jamie struggled to sit up, scrambling back against the headboard . He blinked, finding himself alone in the room, only his ragged breaths disturbing the silence of the cabin. A forgotten anxiety knotted his stomach. Naughty. He hated that word, tossed about by the boys he once knew  in school.


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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15 Responses to NICOLAS #SnipSun

  1. I like the thread of terror running through this, and the uncertainty about what’s really going on. Excellent snippet!

  2. Poor Jamie–this is a really scary snippet. Nice job!

  3. P.T. Wyant says:

    Really enjoying this story. Love his reaction to “naughty” — it makes me want to know more about him and his back story.

  4. Wait… Was he imagining the guy being there? Like some sort of dream or vision? Interesting, very interesting, and intriguing. Now I’m curious why he reacted like that.

  5. That was weird. I think I’m has spooked as Jamie, what just happened?

  6. Cathy Brockman says:

    Scary LOL only you could do a great scary christmas story LOL I cant wait for this one It is on my to buy list

  7. jtsuruoka says:

    Creepy stuff– the pace and tone are just right. Nice!

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