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More from NICOLAS! This week, Nico is tempted…

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They stared at each other, Jamie’s eyes widening until Nico saw the yearning he struggled to hide. His heart thundered. Cristo! He wanted to take what was offered, lose himself in the joy that was his Jamie. But what kind of life could he offer him? What evil did he dare bring into his home? No, this dream wasn’t for him. He had responsibilities and his own demons to slay before he could give any man his heart.

Jamie sat back on his heels, his face paling as if he sensed Nico’s rejection. Nico’s heart squeezed in a vice. It wasn’t fair! How long was he to atone for a mistake made so long ago it might as well have happened to another person? He was no longer that foolish young man, playing with powers he didn’t understand.

How long until I’m free, my Lord? There was no answer to his prayer. There never was one.


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.

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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21 Responses to NICOLAS #SnipSun

  1. P.T. Wyant says:

    So many feels!
    Great emotions shown in this snippet. I am loving this story so much!

  2. siobhanmuir says:

    Oh, that’s such a rough place to be. Love the premise of the overall tale, Dianne. 🙂

  3. The emotion is so powerful – I feel sorry for both of them! Excellent excerpt…

  4. elainecsc2013 says:

    Very emotional excerpt!

  5. chellecordero says:

    Such heart wrenching lines, “Jamie sat back on his heels, his face paling as if he sensed Nico’s rejection. Nico’s heart squeezed in a vice. ” Very emotional, you allow us to feel the pain. Well done.

  6. Iris B says:

    Well done bringing the emotions across.

  7. this looks too good I want it nOW

  8. Incredibly fluid writing. The deep third pulled me right in.

    I love the premise–and that you pulled from the old St Nicholas tale. Nice!

  9. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Powerful emotions here. Well done.

  10. jtsuruoka says:

    Nice work playing them off against each other to make each one’s emotional state that much more powerful.

  11. Well done on playing the emotions. Powerful snippet.

  12. Man this snippet has a lot of emotions. Great work.

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