Nicolas by Dianne Hartsock – Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Dianne will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stop on the tour.

mediakit_bookcover_nicolas 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.

Enjoy an Exclusive Excerpt:

Jamie startled awake. “What?”

He had trouble breathing, the crushing weight on his chest seeming to have followed him up from his dreams. But that couldn’t be right. He’d rented the cabin for its isolation. No one should be there. Did he still dream?

A warm breath brushed against his cheek, sending a shiver of dread and strange anticipation through him. “Easy, baby,” a silky voice whispered in the darkness. Sharp teeth nipped his earlobe and pleasure and pain sparked along his nerves. His eyes adjusted to the moonlight filtering through the sheer curtains, and he stared in amazement at the man gazing at him with wild green eyes, long pale hair, high cheekbones and a slender neck he craved to run his tongue along.

The stranger laid his weight on him, driving the air from his lungs and making Jamie struggle for every breath. Shifting position, the man sealed his full lips over Jamie’s, drawing a long groan from Jamie. In sudden panic he reached to shove his unknown visitor away and touched hot skin and lean muscles. Of their own volition his hands roamed lower, following the curve of the stranger’s back to the rounded swell of his ass. He drew a quick breath and the man laughed into his mouth, pushed his tongue deep, thrusting inside to match the movement of his hips as he ground against Jamie’s aching dick.

Heat pooled in Jamie’s stomach. God, what was happening? The thing in his bed looked like a man, but his every instinct shouted otherwise. His skin was warm when it should have been cold from being outside. And how had he gotten in? All the windows and doors were locked tight against the winter storm. It was as if he’d just materialized in Jamie’s bed. “Who—”

He cried out when a hand pushed between them, stroking them together until he lost the ability to think. So close! He grabbed onto the man’s firm ass and yanked him tighter against him, rising up to shove into his strong grip.

The triumphant hiss in his ear shot ice through his veins. “So naughty.”

“No!” Jamie struggled to sit up, scrambling back against the headboard. He blinked, finding himself alone in the room, only his ragged breaths disturbing the silence of the cabin. A forgotten anxiety knotted his stomach. Naughty. He hated that word, tossed about by the boys he once knew in school. The ones he’d suck off behind the gym, desperate for a gentle hand in his hair, balm against his loneliness. He’d been terrified his parents would find out he was different, that he liked girl things and found boys much more exciting than he should. They would know he was gay and there would be hell to pay for their freak of a son.

He scrubbed a hand over his face. God, that had been ages ago. The last shreds of the dream dissipated, and he reached for the bedside light, fumbling in the darkness for the switch. Low light stung his eyes and he blinked at the empty bedroom, unable to believe the attack hadn’t been real.

About the Author: mediakit_authorphoto_nicolasDianne grew up in one of the older homes in the middle of Los Angeles, a place of hardwood floors and secret closets and back staircases. A house where ghosts lurk in the basement and the faces in the paintings watch you walk up the front stairs. Rooms where you keep the closet doors closed tight at night. It’s where her love of the mysterious and wonderful came from. Dianne is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy adventure, m/m romance, and anything else that comes to mind.

She now lives in the beautiful 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. Dianne says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house with a fire crackling on the hearth and a cup of hot coffee in her hands, which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. James Robert says:

    Thanks so much for the excerpt and giveaway.

  3. Congrats on the tour, the book looks great, and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for hosting me today!

  5. Thank you for the excerpt, best wishes with the blog tour Dianne.

  6. Thanks for the post. Nicolas sounds interesting (and kind of scary).

  7. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Love the cover of the book it sounds really good adding it to my wish list.

  8. Wow! I don’t typically read M/M but this book just grabbed me. Love the cover, too.

    Congratulations on the release!


  9. Great excerpt, thank you.

  10. Eva Millien says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great book, good luck with the tour and have a wonderful holiday season!

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt.

  12. I love the cover and enjoyed the excerpt, thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. I’m happy to be a part of this tour, thank you for sharing!

  14. Thank you for the post and excerpt. I live the cover and the book sounds great.

  15. James Robert says:

    It’s me again! Hope this day is going well for you. I want to thank you again for the chance at winning and let you know I appreciate it.

  16. James Robert says:

    Hello! Back again today and thanking you one more time for the chance at winning.

  17. Sounds like a different holiday story than I’m used to but I’m game! Thanks for the post and excerpt.

  18. Sounds like a different holiday story than I’m used to but I’m game!

  19. James Robert says:

    Hello and happy Friday! Hope your weekend is great and thank you for the giveaway.

  20. James Robert says:

    Hope you’re having fun this Saturday. Thanks for all you do bringing us such great giveaways. You’re awesome!

  21. James Robert says:

    Hello to all you beautiful people on this awesome Sunday. I am back giving thanks to you for the giveaway. Hope your Sunday is fantastic!

  22. James Robert says:

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  23. James Robert says:

    Happy Hump Day! Have a great one and thank you once again.

  24. James Robert says:

    Good afternoon to all you beautiful people. Hope your day is going great. Thanks again for the giveaway.

  25. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  26. James Robert says:

    We made it, finally Friday even though I will work for most of it. I will ask my sister to help me out on here. Thanks again for this opportunity to win and have a great day!

  27. James Robert says:

    Finally I am back to see y’all. Thanks again for all you do and the chance at winning amazing giveaways.

  28. James Robert says:

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