Hi folks! ::waves:: DC Juris here!
Today I'm sharing a little bit about my sexy little vampire story, "Orion's Way."
Orion is a vampire with a tragic past. After running away from abusive parents at the tender age of sixteen, he was turned by a ruthless elder vampire and forced to torture and sexually abuse human feeders and submissive vampires. Though that's all behind him now, he still lives in the shadow of what he was, and it has cost him the loyalty of Xavier, the human feeder he loves. Malagan is Orion's closest friend—the vampire who saved him from brutality all those years ago. Malagan knows the dominant side of Orion—the side Xavier needs—is still there, lurking below the surface. But if Orion's going to find his way back to who he ought to be, he'll need help. And Malagan is just the man for the job.
The interesting thing about this story, at least it's interesting to me, is that it didn't start out being about vampires. I was pretty much done with the story, writing the final sex scene, when suddenly one of my characters tapped me on the shoulder and politely asked if they weren't going to get into any sexy blood sharing?
What the heck?? They were vampires? How had I missed that? In any event the revelation led to more than a couple edits, as you can imagine. I hope you'll enjoy the finished product!
Here's a little snippet:
The moment Malagan walked into his kitchen, he knew where the dent in Orion's car had come from. Orion sat at the table, both hands wrapped in gauze, nursing a cup of coffee. Orion hadn't healed his wounds, and Malagan knew that spelled a nasty bout of depression on the horizon. He wiped his own bloodied knuckles on his pants— unhealed because he simply hadn't taken the time—and went to pour himself a mug. He needed to feed, but he needed to see to Orion first. Caffeine would do in the meantime.
"I owe you some supplies," Orion said, holding up his hands.
Malagan shrugged. "Mi casa es su casa, you know that." He sat down across from Orion, nodded to Orion's hands. "Did the car say something you didn't like?"
Orion burst into laughter, leaned forward, and laid his head on the table, forehead down. He shook his head. "I'm sorry."
"Don't be." Malagan reached his hand to the back of Orion's neck, massaged the tight-corded muscles there. "I'm proud of you. What you did was incredibly stupid and ill-advised, but I'm still proud of you. Although you could've gotten yourself killed, and then I'd have had to kill Clay. You should think about that next time."
"Will there be a next time?" he asked, turning his face slightly to see Malagan.
Malagan withdrew his hand and picked up his coffee to sip it. "Hard to say. Marco and the others are helping Xavier settle in now. He came with me willingly tonight, but one never knows with humans. They're such a fickle bunch."
Orion sat up and scrubbed a hand over his face. "Thank you."
Malagan nodded. He'd rescued Xavier for his own peace of mind as much as for Orion's. "I discussed the situation at length with him on the drive home. He loves you, of course, as he always has. He wants to return to you, if you'll have him. You should speak to him."
Orion shook his head. "You know I can't."
Malagan held up a hand. "Think about it. He's not going to be up for anything heavy for a very long time. Might never be, now. Perhaps this experience will show him he doesn't need the dangerously heavy hand he craves. Perhaps it won't. Either way, the two of you can learn and grow together. As morbid as it seems, maybe this situation today was just what each of you needs to find your way back to what you once were."
"What I was?" Orion smirked. "I was a monster."
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Orion's Way is about the vampire Orion trying to get over past hurts without repeating mistakes. He loses his feeder because he can't give him what he needs. Orion's coven leader, Malagan, steps in to help. In the end, with Malagan's continued guidance, Orion is able to take steps towards being able to over come his issues.
I enjoyed this book. DC Juris' vampires are hauntingly believable. Orion's scarred past showed through the pages. I could feel his pain and unsureness. Malagan was a good leader and helped him in ways only a true friend and leader could. The story wrapped with a nice happy for now ending.
4 of 5 pens