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This week I’m snipping from The Choice, book 2 in my vampire trilogy, that’ll be out on January 5!
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As a freshly turned vampire, Neil had frozen in panic when he’d found himself face-to-face with his ex-boyfriend, Cameron. Neil thought that misstep and its associated danger was all in the past, but Cameron’s current boyfriend, Dennis, is like a dog with a bone, and a keen imagination. When the two men’s curiosity progresses to the point the vampires consider their secrecy to be endangered, choices must be made.
Now that faction leader Albert has a blood-mate, he finds himself second-guessing his decisions. Neil would be crushed knowing his mistake led to human deaths, but Albert shouldn’t factor that into the difficult choices he must make. Will Albert’s indecision put the entire vampire establishment in danger? Or is redemption only a flamethrower away?
This is a scene from Chapter 4. Two people, Dennis and Cameron, have become a risk to the vampire faction, threatening to expose them. They are being presented with a choice. Join them—and have as much to lose by exposure as the existing vamps—or die. In this scene, faction leader Albert is confronting them.
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From Albert’s 3rd-person POV:
The Choice: 8-December-2018
Dennis’s face flushed. “Look—”
“No,” Albert barked. “You look. I’m sure you especially understand why we can’t trust you under these circumstances to just go on your merry way, so don’t insult us by trying to manipulate me.” Albert stared pointedly at Dennis and put up a hand, thumb and forefinger millimeters apart. “You were this close to not getting the offer. And I am this close to revoking it. This isn’t a case where trust is the default and yours to lose. It’s yours to earn.”
The color drained from Dennis’s face. Maybe he finally got it and understood the seriousness of his situation.
The Choice: 15-December-2018
Neil stiffened beside Albert and hung his head for a few beats. When he looked up again, he peered at Cameron. “I’m so sorry I screwed up when I ran into you. It was my very first day out on my own, and…well, there’s no good excuse.”
Cameron bit his lip, and his head faintly bobbed. He didn’t speak, wisely holding back whatever he might have wanted to say. Dennis held in his words, too, but let out what could best be described as an under-his-breath snort.
This week’s snippet:
The Choice: 22-December-2018
Albert clenched a fist. “What’s the matter, Dennis? You think your situation is so awful that a sincere apology for the minor misstep Neil made that you snowballed into this predicament isn’t good enough? Uh-uh.” Albert shook his head. “Let me tell you a story…two millennia ago, before I’d ever seriously considered vampires truly existed, when I was human and a Roman soldier”—Albert ignored Dennis’s gasp and continued without pausing—“my best friend couldn’t take the horror and cruelty of the battles anymore. He went AWOL. He was captured. Do you know what happened to Roman soldiers in my division who tried to escape?”
The Choice is a 28,700 word novella, book #2 in The Faction series. While I tried to include enough backstory so readers who start with this book won’t be completely lost, I highly recommend first reading book #1, The Recruit, which sets up my unique vampire world and the drama that wasn’t as resolved as our heroes had thought.