#RainbowSnippets 30-June-2018 – The Recruit

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This will probably be my last snippet from this thread of The Recruit, a 21k-word novella that’s now available at JMS Books (and all the usual distributors).

For context, Phillip has been selected for recruit by the local vampire faction. He was approached by Albert while walking in the park, and an offer to join the vampires’ ranks has been extended.

Blurb:

Albert Manlii has walked this earth for more than two thousand years, but survival on his own was never easy. Now he leads a faction of highly organized vampires who carefully guard the secret of their existence. Unlike the old days, potential recruits are carefully selected and presented with an offer.

Phillip Brewer has weeks to live—if he lets his disease run its course. He doesn’t want to die, but given a choice, will his desire to live outweigh his concerns about the vampires’ ethics?

When the new recruit’s missteps are cause for concern, can Albert control the fallout, or will Phillip’s life once again be torn apart?

If you want a refresher of earlier snippets in this thread, click the spoiler tags, below:

The Recruit – 5-May-2018
[Phillip] “How long do I have to make a decision?”

[Albert] “I’m afraid I’ll need an answer before we part company today.”

Phillip bit his lip and gazed around the park. Albert had looked around before the arm demonstration. Presumably to make sure nobody was watching. But, the same people Phillip had noticed before had remained in their same positions, and Albert hadn’t been concerned about them.

Phillip wasn’t sure how they’d do it, but clearly he wasn’t walking away from here if he declined the offer. They had too much on the line. He’d planned on killing himself within a few hours anyway, so that didn’t actually frighten him.

The Recruit – 12-May-2018

But did it turn him off from wanting to become one of them? Knowing that, despite Albert’s words, they weren’t entirely above killing people to protect their secret?

Killing someone who was dying anyway wasn’t a valid excuse in a court of law. But could it pass his own ethical bar?

If he’d wanted to let his disease run its course, he’d have had maybe another two weeks to live. Personally, he felt they would be doing him a favor, but there were people who would have wanted to hang on to every last minute.

The Recruit – 19-May-2018

Did those few weeks of a single human’s life weigh more than the potential lives of what was likely hundreds…maybe thousands of vampires? Worldwide it could be tens of thousands. Or even hundreds of thousands. And if a legitimate claim to the vampires’ existence was made, it could truly cost them all.

He didn’t like it, but he understood it. Maybe he was being selfish, but it wasn’t a deal-breaker.

“Okay.” Phillip lifted his chin and stared into Albert’s eyes. “Where do we do this?”

The Recruit – 26-May-2018

Albert grinned widely, and his eyes positively shone as he took Phillip’s hands and gave them a squeeze. The gesture felt oddly comforting. “We find it safest to handle the conversion immediately, before leaving.”

Wait. What? Images of people in movies being all but drained, then buried overnight to complete the transition ran through Phillip’s mind. Apparently, that kind of thing fell firmly in the myth category Albert had mentioned. Or maybe the man was just pulling his chain after all. It was one hell of a hoax if that was what was going on, and he had no idea how he’d done the arm thing, but surely not any more difficult to believe than Albert being a vampire.

The Recruit – 2-June-2018

“Seriously? Here in the park? What…what does it involve?”

“It’s a simple blood exchange. Only about a milliliter each is required.”

Phillip took another deep breath and shrugged. “Okay, let’s do it.” Why the hell not play this through? Either he was about to be turned into a vampire, or Albert and his team of pranksters would get a good laugh at his expense, then he’d go home and kill himself like he’d planned to do anyway.

The Recruit – 9-June-2018

“I suggest we kiss,” Albert said. “That wouldn’t appear out of place on a park bench. I’ll extend my teeth and nick your lip. We’ll give it a few moments for your blood to permeate through me to the cellular level, then I’ll puncture my own lip. You’ll need to be quick, sucking it out before the wound heals itself. Your own wound will be minor and will heal fairly quickly after you’ve absorbed my blood.”

A delicious shiver rippled through Phillip. Sad timing to discover he had a kinky streak if this really was a hoax. Too bad the cancer had stolen his libido, so he wouldn’t be able to better appreciate the moment. Would he get that back? Did vampires have sex, or was that another myth for racy books and movies?

The Recruit – 16-June-2018

Or would Albert’s razor reemerge once he was in the man’s arms? Maybe this whole setup was for an underground snuff film. That would justify the lengths these people were taking to gain his cooperation.

Did it matter? Kind of. He didn’t want his death to be a cheap thrill for a bunch of sickos. But at least it would save him having to work up the courage to do the deed himself.

Maybe it was wishful thinking, but he was inclined to believe Albert was telling the truth. He couldn’t get that arm trick out of his mind.

Albert leaned in and inhaled deeply, then briefly closed his eyes with a satisfied quirk to his lips. “Ready?”

The Recruit – 23-June-2018

Phillip scooted closer before he could talk himself out of it. Albert placed a hand at his waist and held him firmly, and the other hand tipped up his chin. Phillip closed his eyes as Albert’s face came toward his. He didn’t want to see that razor.

Instead, he heard a faint snick that seemed to come from Albert’s mouth, and stiffened. Vampire fangs extending? Was this really happening?

Told from Phillip’s 3rd-person POV.

This Week’s Snippet:

The Recruit – 30-June-2018

He winced when the inside of his lip was punctured. Albert gently sucked at the wound, and lingered, kissing him. Phillip’s heartbeat quickened as he reveled in the tenderness of those kisses. No zing, of course, not with his AWOL libido, but it was sweet nonetheless. Sweet and…something more. Phillip breathed in through his nose as Albert’s fangs retracted, although his lips remained in place, nibbling, and a sense of longing struck Phillip. His body drew closer as his own mouth moved beneath Albert’s.

When the kiss broke, Phillip swayed forward as he opened his eyes, and the intensity in Albert’s melted him.


Info

EBOOK
Release Date: June 16, 2018 @ JMS Books, LLC
Length: Novella / 69 pages (PDF) / 22,181 words
Cost: $3.99
ISBN: 1634866668 / 978-1634866668
ASIN: B07D6XFD2G

Info/Links/Excerpt (Chapter 1) 

Heat Rating: 2 flames – Subtle –  Sensual, but not explicit. Physical interaction beyond kissing and touching is implied and/or described in general terms. Emotions emphasized over graphic description.

Purchase Links

EBOOK

Books2Read Universal Buy-Link | Publisher/JMS Books, LLC

Review Snips

“I found The Recruit to be different and interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
—ButtonsMom2003, Xtreme Delusions

“The world building in this story is very detailed and well thought out.” ~ “The Recruit is an enjoyable story, and I hope we haven’t seen the last of this world as I’d love to read more about it.”
—Anne Barwell, Drops of Ink

“Albright does not allow her imagination to be confined by tropes in The Recruit and it is a enjoyable story that I would recommend.”
—Kirsty, Joyfully Jay

“The author has taken the same old staid vampire mythos/legend/trope/whatever and turned it inside out, upside down, put it through a complete overhaul, and then wove it back together into a fresh, new, original, fantastic, fascinating and definitely different tale. I was completely hooked from cover to cover.”
—Amazon Reviewer


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