Friday, March 11, 2011

Courting Calvin by Amber Kell

Coming March 26, 2011


When Calvin's sister is kidnapped will he be forced to betray a friend to get her back or will the sexy vampire, Alesandro, come to his rescue?

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“You know what you have to do,” the deep voice taunted from the shadows.

Calvin Sanders stood in the empty warehouse. Smells of mold, urine, and excrement filled the air, threatening to gag him while he examined the picture of a stunning blond man who glowed like trapped sunlight.

How had his life come to this?

“I capture him and bring him to you.” He squinted against the dark, trying to make out the shape of the speaker but his vision couldn’t penetrate the deep blackness of the warehouse. “And what do you do to him?”

“That’s none of your business,” the stranger growled. “He killed my brother. Bring him to me and I’ll see that your sister won’t be the next person to die.”

“She’ll be returned safely?” Calvin asked, against his will his gaze went back to the picture of his sister tied up, her eyes wide with terror. In front of her was a newspaper, held up so he could see the date. Yesterday. His poor little sister was at the mercy of psychotics since yesterday. Chills shook his frame as he thought of all they could do to a twenty-year old girl in twenty-four hours.

“She’ll be released.”

He didn’t miss the speaker’s avoidance of the word safely. He didn’t trust the man who wouldn’t tell him his name or show his face, but what choice did he have? Leaving his sister in the hands of this obvious psychotic wasn’t an option, even if he had a hard time believing this innocent looking man killed anyone. Of course whether the blond killed anyone or not didn’t matter in the scheme of things, he wanted his sister back.

“She’s all right?” He couldn’t keep the pleading tone out of his voice even as he wished he could take it back.

“You’ll have to hope so won’t you?”

“I want to talk to her before I do this.”

“You’re under the false illusion you have options Mr. Sanders. You only have two choices here. You can do as I say and save your sister, or you can choose not to and I can have her body delivered to you in lots of little bloody pieces.”

Calvin closed his eyes, fighting against the urge to cry. He wasn’t a strong person, not like one of those action movie heroes who would’ve come in guns blazing and killed all the bad guys before saving the girl and possibly the world. He was a woodworker who tried hard to raise a little girl who lost her parents way too young. Until now he thought he’d done a good job. Until his job became the reason she was kidnapped.

He was never going to take a gig working for paranaturals again.


They both knew he had no options, but the thought she could already be dead was a sharp pain in his heart. He took a deep breath. “I’ll do it.”

“I knew we’d come to an agreement,” the man said, his voice rich with satisfaction. “Don’t take too long to capture him. I don’t have much patience and I can’t guarantee your sister’s safety longer than a week.”

Calvin nodded, his stomach churning as he fled the warehouse to the sound of laughter.

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