Today, I am delighted to feature an exclusive excerpt from Rian Durrant’s latest novella, Midnight Twist. It’s a paranormal romance from NineStar Press about a man who makes a pact with a demon. Can anything good come of that?
About Midnight Twist
Jaydon can’t afford to lose a bet he’s made, so when the sweet as sin Eluin offers him The Contract, it may be exactly what he needs. Or is it? Things get a little twisted with the cheeky demon being around.
The number of demons in Jaydon’s apartment grows, with Eluin’s big brother Eluel and his wayward lover Sam showing up. The couple is at a breaking point in their own on/off relationship and this time getting back together seems as probable as hell freezing over.
Exclusive excerpt from Midnight Twist
Even with Eluin’s reassurance that he could fix furniture, I was still stressed, although I tried hard to ignore the rattling, thumping, and all other sounds coming from the living room. A terrible rumbling made me jump again, and I turned around. “Jeez, what was that? Aren’t they going to stop?”
“They are going to stop soon, I guess,” he said, paging through some fashion magazine left sitting on the table. “By the way, that was the TV. Don’t worry, I’ll fix it once they’re done.”
I rolled my eyes toward the ceiling, but it was pretty much the only thing I could do except mixing my special spaghetti sauce. A few moments of complete silence followed, and I grew anxious there were casualties when the door to the kitchen was thrown open and Sam slumped into the chair. Not that I saw when he got from the door to the chair, but I was getting used to his mysterious ways.
Eluel, who came in after him, pushed the chair and said curtly, “Get the hell out of here, you good-for-nothing vile owl!”
“I’m not getting in nor out of anywhere until you tell me what happened.”
“I’m telling you nothing.” Eluel sat on the other chair and said curtly, “You can’t stay here. No one has invited you.”
“Why should anyone invite me? I am not a vampire, so I can come and go as I please.”
“You sure about this, Samael? Because I am not.”
His voice sounded kind of threatening, but the thing that scared me more was what I recalled from my Bible classes. Although I thought Sam was a stupid name for a demon, I never asked myself if it was a short version of something else. My eyes grew wide, and I interrupted their argument, which probably wasn’t a very good idea in itself.
“You’re Samael? The death dude?”
His head turned slowly toward me, so slowly that for a moment I panicked that it would make the full 360-degree circle like in the exorcism movies. Luckily, it stopped in a very normal position, but the way his piercing green eyes narrowed when he looked at me stopped my breath.
“Of course not, stupid! I am only named after him.” He measured me from head to toe as if to assess in which cauldron I’d fit best and asked, “Do I look that ancient to you?”
I didn’t know what to say, but Eluel saved me on the spot by turning and staring at him, seriously irritated.
“So what, may I ask, is wrong with being ancient?”
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About Rian Durant
Rian Durant is a writer roaming the MM fiction sphere but doesn’t like being confined by (sub)genres and categories. The only rule she believes in when it comes to life, love, and writing is to do everything with passion or not at all.