Welcome to the new Six of the Best hop! Kathryn R. Blake’s been nice enough to start it up since Sneak Peek Sunday is over. We share 6 paragraphs from a work in progress or published work.
This excerpt is from my book Discovery which will be out on September 1. Aaron’s been suffering from a debilitating allergy to the sun for 13 years. He thinks this is the last summer he’ll see.
“I think your cousin needs some time to himself. He’s been working hard the last few weeks and from what I’ve been able to tell, has not been sleeping well at night. He needs some time to unwind. Without,” he added in a tone slightly deeper as the two opened their mouths, “anyone around. He’s smart. He won’t drink and drive. And he’ll be home before the sun’s out.” His eyes met Aaron’s and Aaron nodded in agreement. He only drove drunk once. Stupidest thing he’d ever done and he still regretted the large tree and the truck he’d taken out.
Jeffery and Stephan sighed, pouting, but Will darted out of the room. Aaron’s eyes followed him, worried the youngest of them all was concerned. He was an incredibly intuitive kid. A few seconds later, he darted back in the room, his cell phone in his hand. He waved it in their direction. “Supposed to be cloudy all day on Saturday. You’re good.”
Smiling, despite the fact this was kind of like his last big hurrah, Aaron nodded, glad Will’s first thought had been to check the weather. While not as pale as Aaron and Jeffrey, he was still light skinned and tended to watch himself in the sun more than the rest of them. Even though his mind tended to be all over the place, just like any other thirteen-year-old, Will also noticed everything. It was actually kind of scary how much the young man understood.
For three days, Aaron spent his days doing his job keeping their animals as safe as he could, while also doing the same with his cousins. Conner returned the next day, acting as though his night spent out on the land was nothing strange. He, also, offered to go with Aaron Friday night, but when he was told no, he just shrugged and went back to what he was doing. Not much seemed to bother Conner. It was one of his strengths and one of his deepest weaknesses.
Friday came hot and sunny and Aaron sweated all day as he went out with even his face and the back of his neck covered in material. There was no way he was hitting the bar tonight with a horrendous burn. His sunburns were the kind of thing most people didn’t have to worry about. Only seconds in the sun would leave him blistered with second-degree burns. Minutes would probably put him in the emergency room. After finding none of their animals dead or maimed, he went home a little early so he could shower off the sweat and get dressed for tonight.
One last hurrah. One last drunken night. One last fuck. That was his plan and nothing was going to stop him.
Living in Montana and working the ranch is all Aaron wants to do for the rest of his life. Diagnosed as allergic to the sun thirteen years previous, every day is a struggle to get out of bed. Having to wear long-sleeved shirts, gloves, and even material to cover his face from the effects of the sun, just makes it all worse. Now, in his thirty-second year, he is sure this will be his last summer. While he hates it, he knows he needs to come to terms with the truth and put things in order for his younger cousins. Before he does so, he heads out for one night of pleasure before facing what’s coming.
Jaret loves excitement and new adventures. For over five hundred years, he has sought them out. In Montana on a whim, he comes across someone he doesn’t expect, someone who makes him feel things he does not understand and does not want to give up. In no time at all, he feels like he cannot live without Aaron. The only problem is Aaron doesn’t know who he is, what he is, nor that he isn’t going to die. Not on Jaret’s watch. With a plan to help the other man discover who he is in place, he only has one thing to worry about: whether an ancient enemy will come and destroy everything he now holds dear.
Warning: This book is a paranormal m/m romance with some horror elements. It also crosses cowboy and vampire genres. If you don’t think cowboys look hot with fangs, you’re missing out.