CALLUM’S FATE #rainbowsnippets

rainbow snippets2Welcome to Rainbow Snippets! Today, Callum wakes up with his Gruagach…

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Ashamed of the tears that pricked his eyes, he tried to sit up, and turned in surprise when he wasn’t released from the stranger’s hold. His breath caught in his throat. The man was everything Callum found beautiful: carelessly handsome, with silver-blond hair falling in waves past his shoulders. Deep blue eyes met his, dancing with mischief, then without warning the man leaned forward and kissed him on the mouth. Callum moaned when the soft lips pressed against his, warm and sweet, and whimpered when the stranger drew away. A brilliant smile leaped across the lovely face, as if the man knew he wanted to be kissed again.

Callum touched his lips, confused. Had he been bespelled? “I don’t understand.”

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In 1780, Scotland, following a harsh year of drought, Callum Mackenzie is forced from his father’s farm in the hopes of finding work.

But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.

Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae. Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.

Yet there’s something wrong in the nearby forest…

Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight. Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?

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Dancing with the Flame releases today!

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So excited to have the very talented Jamieson Wolf on my blog today, with his fabulous book of poems, Dancing with the Flame. Now a word from Jamieson about one of my favorite poems…

Becoming Myself

This year, I forgot an anniversary of sorts.

Every year since 2012, I’ve gotten nervous around New Years Eve. On December 31st, 2012, my life changed forever.

I woke that morning and was groggy and couldn’t really walk very well. I got up to make a cup of coffee to see if that would make me feel better. It didn’t. Instead, I was violently ill. I called in sick to work and lay back down to sleep.

When I woke again, the vertigo was worse. I could barely walk and had no motor control of my body. Somehow, I managed to drag myself to a clinic, leaning against post office boxes and lamp poles to make my way.

They misdiagnosed me with Labyrinthitis and I went home with pills that were supposed to make me better within two weeks. The dizziness, vertigo and nausea got worse and I fell into everything. I was bed ridden for a month. I was later diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Since that time, I’ve worked on getting better. I had to learn to walk again, talk again and even had to learn to type again. I did not want to be bedridden forever.

I was still afraid of New Years Eve, though. I was terrified that I would have a relapse despite everything that I’d been doing to get better. I had changed my diet, taken on an exercise program, quit smoking and taken up walking three times a day.

Still though, there was something about that day. I feared it and didn’t like celebrating what I thought of as the day where my life had changed forever. However, this past year was a year of becoming myself, of choosing to live rather than hide from life.

And you know what? I forgot about my fears about New Years Eve. My old obsessions and worries faded away as I enjoyed time with my partner and his family. I lived instead of hiding. It only occurred to me two days later that I had forgotten my “anniversary”.

Now New Years Eve won’t be something to fear. Instead it will be a celebration of the day where I started becoming myself and who I was meant to be.

 What I Had Become

When the New Year began,

I looked into the mirror.

I saw a reflection of myself

from long ago. I was

lying on a bed, weak,

my whole world changed.

I watched as my reflection

lifted a hand and beckoned to me.

“Come on.”

He said.

I touched a hand to the glass

and it was as if

there was no glass there.

The veil between the present

and the past was thin.

I stepped through the mirror

and found myself in a place

that I remembered but fought

so hard to forget.

It was dark and there was only

one small light in the room.

Even so, by that light I saw

who I used to be lying

on the bed, my past self,

my other self. He regarded me,

and I looked at him.

I remembered that day,

how the night before the New Year

my life had changed forever,

never to be the same again.

I knew just how he was feeling

as I had been him, he had been me.

He was weak and disoriented,

unable to walk very well at all,

his whole world seeming to

move around him, unable to keep still.

He regarded me with tired eyes,

the fear in them so total.

He knew that something was wrong.

“You forgot about me.”

He said.

“You forgot our anniversary.”

It was true. I had forgotten.

Every year since that day,

I always wondered if this

would be the year that it happened,

the year where I lost control

of my body once more.

For a while, I lived in fear

of December 31st, of who I had been

and of what I had become on that day.

“I’m sorry,”

I said.

“I did forget. I did forget you.”

“Why?”

He asked.

“Because I left you behind. Because I’m so much stronger now. So much happier.”

He regarded me with a blank expression,

the fear increasing in his eyes until

they were full of tears.

“I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m so afraid.”

“I know,”

I said kindly.

I sat on the bed beside him and took his hand

in my own. It was cool and sweaty and

I remembered how warm I’d been,

how nothing had felt right,

and how my own body had turned against me.

“You’ll have to be strong,”

I said.

“There is a lot more pain coming, but you’ll have to be stronger than you’ve ever been. Can you do that for me?”

“I don’t know how.”

“You don’t, but you’ll learn. There will come a moment when you’ll want to quit, where you’ll want to give up and head towards the darkness. But I promise you, good times are coming.”

He looked at me with such

an open expression, one of yearning

for something better. I remembered

wearing that look, wishing and hoping

so fiercely that it was painful.

“Okay,”

he said.

“Okay.”

I heard my partner calling me from

the other side of the mirror,

his deep voice making the liquid glass

move in ripples. I took one last look

at who I used to be and patted his hand,

leaned forward to kiss him on the forehead.

“I have to go now.”

“I know you do. Don’t forget me, okay?”

“I won’t, I promise.”

With that, I stood and moved towards the glass.

When I stepped through the glass,

I left behind what I had been

and into what I had

become.

jamiesonYou can find Jamieson at www.jamiesonwolf.com or check out his blog at www.jamiesonwolfauthor.wordpress.com

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CALLUM’S FATE Release Day!

 

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Synopsis

In 1780, Scotland, following a harsh year of drought, Callum Mackenzie is forced from his father’s farm in the hopes of finding work.

But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.

Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae.

Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.

Yet there’s something wrong in the nearby forest….

Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight.

Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?

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Buy Links links

Don’t miss the sale on Amazon! 30% off for the first 48 hours after release.

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Excerpt

Mists closed around him and hid the moon in a veil of cold grey. He came to a stumbling halt, fear pounding through him in time to the wild beat of his heart. As he caught his breath, he heard the unmistakable sound of flowing water, perhaps a creek winding through the heather. Callum gnawed his lips. Danger lurked on the water’s edge for an unwary man.

On the other hand, men built homes along the waterways and learned to guard against the faery folk. He sighed. Either choice spelled risk, but hunger and loneliness won out and sent him in search of the water’s path through the thick heath.

The gray fog made it hard to see his way and he cursed when he stepped into the creek before he knew he’d come to it. An icy chill raced up his leg and he glanced around, feeling as if he’d been startled from a dream. The mists were gone, leaving the fields bright with moonlight. Faint music caught his ears and he spied several globes of light in the distance. Will-o’-the-wisp? He didn’t know, but the haunting melody tugged at his heart and he walked toward it, careful of his footing.

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It was caution that saved him before he made the fatal mistake of stepping into the faery ring that suddenly appeared at his feet. He might have become lost in their dark realm. He stared down, delighted with the brightly dressed wee folk fluttering and dancing in the circle of mushrooms. Laughter floated up to him and he smiled reflexively. Several of the pretty creatures spied him and flittered up to tug at his clothing with tiny hands. These were male, scantily dressed, and one saucy lad winked a bright eye and flew up to nibble at his lips.

Callum laughed and shooed them gently off. “I’m not fool enough to join you,” he told the three hovering near his face.

About the author

DIANNE HARTSOCK is the author of m/m erotic romance, both contemporary and fantasy, the psychological thriller, and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer. If she can’t be writing, at least she has the chance to create through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage to bring a smile to someone’s face.

Currently, Dianne lives in the 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.

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CALLUM’S FATE #rainbowsnippets

rainbow snippets2Welcome to Rainbow Snippets! Wayward Ink Publishing now has the first chapter of Callum’s Fate HERE so today I’m starting with Chapter Two.

Oh, and Amazon has Callum’s Fate at 30% off for the presale price! Amazon US    Amazon UK    Amazon AU     Amazon DE

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Callum gradually became aware of the warmth of another body against his. He should have been afraid, but for a single instant he pretended he lay safe in a lover’s arms, held tenderly. He snuggled against the broad chest under his ear and heard the steady beat of the person’s heart.

The man smelled wonderfully of wool, clean sweat, and the familiar muskiness of a barn. Perhaps a farmhand who found him trespassing? His stomach clenched in hunger at the thought. Maybe he could beg a crust of bread.

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CALLUM’S FATE PreSale!

Callum's Fate_600x956CALLUM’S FATE 

File Size: 5128 K

Print Length: 63 pages

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Publication Date: February 4, 2016

ASIN: B01B383YP0

In 1780, Scotland, following a harsh year of drought, Callum Mackenzie is forced from his father’s farm in the hopes of finding work.

But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.

Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae.

Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.

Yet there’s something wrong in the nearby forest….

Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight.

Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?

PreSale:

WIP    ARe 

Sale – 30% off Amazon for pre-orders and for the first 48 hours after release

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EXCERPT:

Stepping inside the dark barn, Callum let the heavy door swing shut behind him. At once, the warmth and well-known scent of the milk cows surrounded him and he smiled a little. Maybe there was an empty pen he could curl up in. He took a cautious step forward and brushed into something—a form darker than the night.

“Sweet Lord!” he shouted in alarm and clutched the bundle of clothing to his pounding chest as the thing skittered away.

His gaze darted skyward at a low chuckle and warmth spread through his body as a familiar voice called down to him. “Don’t mind the bodachan. He likes to tease. Lyle! Give us some light, there’s a dear.”

Callum listened to low mutters and curses as the dark thing moved across the floor. There was a scrape and the smell of oil, and he blinked as a lantern went on in a far corner of the barn. He stared in surprise at the wizened little man who planted fists on hips and glared at him with sharp green eyes.

A shiver traveled through Callum and he sighed. This was indeed a night of magic. He should have expected the bodachan, the little faery who helped around the farmyard. Searching his tired thoughts, Callum wondered if he had anything to appease the brownie. He remembered the crust of bread he’d kept aside for his breakfast and set the clothing at his feet. Removing the morsel from a handkerchief, he walked to a nearby stall and set it on a railing with a bow to the little man. “I didn’t mean to intrude. I only beg shelter for the night.”

There was a soft laugh from above and he reluctantly raised his eyes, gasping at the blue gaze that pierced straight to his heart.

“Come up here,” Liam commanded, his voice a rough caress Callum felt along his spine and feather light across his groin. Without a thought, he picked up his bundle and headed for the ladder in the middle of the room. He instinctively counted the cows. Perhaps three or four?

It seemed to take forever to climb the steep rungs with his clothing bunched under one arm. He tossed them through the opening at the top, then hauled himself over the lip and knelt on the wooden floor to catch his breath. Someone took a knee beside him and a gentle hand touched his shoulder.

“Callum?”

He looked up into Liam’s merry face, then the man kissed him, warm lips sliding over his. With a grunt of pleasure, he melted against Liam’s chest and his strong arms went around him. Their kiss deepened and Callum drowned in sensation as a sweet tongue caressed his. Liam sucked Callum’s tongue into the liquid heat of his mouth, and Callum wanted to climb inside that warmth. He needed this man wrapped around him, pushing inside him.

A whimper tore unbidden from his throat when Liam pulled back and Callum nestled closer to his lover’s woolen sweater. Liam stroked his long hair, untangling a knot. His breath warmed Callum’s cheek. “There, there, love. You’re safe. I’m here. But you need to sleep now.”

 

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CALLLUM’S FATE #rainbowsnippets

WRAINBOW SNIPPETS (1)elcome to Rainbow Snippets! Today, Callum meets the Barrow-Wight…

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Callum whimpered as the low tones wound through his head. The mists parted and moonlight filled the barrow, showing him the creature. He gasped at the cold beauty of its face. Eyes dark as pitch burned into him and brushed against his soul. Lush lips, dripping honey, overripe, took his mouth in a kiss that sent his pulse into a riot of hunger and desire.

A vague warning sounded in his head, urging him to run.

marcel 10CALLUM’S FATE –coming February 4 from Wayward Ink Publishing

In 1780, Scotland, following a harsh year of drought, Callum Mackenzie is forced from his father’s farm in the hopes of finding work.

But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.

Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae. Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.

Yet there’s something wrong in the nearby forest…

Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight. Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?

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CALLUM’S FATE #rainbowsnippets

RAINBOW SNIPPETS (1)Welcome to Rainbow Snippets! Today, we find Callum still lost on the moors…

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“Soft. Sweet.” A voice sliced the silence and a cold breath washed over his face. He gagged on the waft of rot and decay. The tip of a dry tongue scraped along his jaw and he shuddered against the body under him. “Nice strong bones to gnaw,” the voice continued. “Sweet marrow to suck and swallow. Shall I eat you, my lovely one?”

 

marcel 10CALLUM’S FATE –coming February 4 from Wayward Inc. Publishing

In 1780, Scotland, following a harsh year of drought, Callum Mackenzie is forced from his father’s farm in the hopes of finding work.

But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.

Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae. Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.

Yet there’s something wrong in the nearby forest…

Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight. Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?

 

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CALLUM’S FATE #rainbowsnippets #snipsunday

rainbow snippets3snippetsunday2Welcome to Rainbow Snippets and Snippet Sunday! Today, we find Callum still lost on the moors…

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An owl hooted in the semi-darkness, making his skin crawl. “Sweet Lord,” he muttered, heart thumping. “Protect me—”

He stumbled on a loose stone and fell heavily against a dark mound of earth. Oh God! The ground caved in under him and he dropped into the barrow in a shower of dirt.

“Save me!” he sobbed as he scrambled to his knees.

Sinewy arms reached up from the blackness and twined around him. Callum screamed, but no sound escaped his throat, choked with terror. He was yanked against a hard chest and hands ran over him, disembodied in the darkness.

marcel 10CALLUM’S FATE –coming February 4 from Wayward Inc. Publishing

In 1780, Scotland, following a harsh year of drought, Callum Mackenzie is forced from his father’s farm in the hopes of finding work.

But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.

Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae. Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.

Yet there’s something wrong in the nearby forest…

Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight. Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?

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5 stars for NICOLAS!

Nicolas9Bayou Book Junkie gives NICOLAS 5 stars!

The book itself reads like a gothic romance, dark and sinister, but romantically sweet at the same time. It was an enthralling blend, for certain. Well-written, engaging, fast-paced and riveting from beginning to end, this is a book I’d certainly love to read again!
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