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The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Mystery Kindle Edition

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While mashing up all the stereotypical plot elements of Paranormal Vampire and Contemporary Western Romance, THE COWBOY AND THE VAMPIRE delivers unremitting fun, and a damn good read. --Diana Troldahl, Freshfiction.com

"The Cowboy and the Vampire" ... combined their interests - Hays grew up on a ranch, McFall was curious about religion and history - and was an experiment to see whether they could live and work together. --Jeff Baker, The Oregonian

...husband and wife writing duo Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall has succeeded in writing a unique story among all the vampire books that are out there today. --Bertena Varney, examiner.com

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Why write?

The expected answer is that writers have to write, but that sounds a little bit like an addiction or an obsession. We don't have to write, we like to write. We enjoy it, in fact we love it. And we love connecting with people who love to read. It's a powerful thing to hear that our books offer entertainment and escape from the humdrum, that they can make you look at the world a little differently, give readers a delicious little jolt of fear and, hopefully show that no matter how messed up and dysfunctional you might be (and we definitely write what we know), there's someone out there who is the perfect fit.

Sure, that perfect match may be a vampire who hungers to take human lives, or a down-on-his-luck cowboy barely holding it together, but love is what makes life worth living. Our books are powered by the same crazy energy, passion and glorious dysfunction of our own opposites attract relationship.

We love each other, we love working together and we love writing, and it comes out in our books.

So back to the original question: why write? For love, of course.

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  • File Size: 2126 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (October 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040GJ31M
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By EDL on December 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Will Rogers meets Bram Stoker meets modern-day Wonder Woman and more! Reading this book was like eating a bar of dark chocolate: you gobble it up but then you're sorry you finished it because you 're greedy for more. The characters are vividly drawn, especially Tucker the Cowboy and his "sidekicks" Lenny and Dad, and I appreciated the strong women characters, Lizzie and Elita. The interplay of comedy and suspense, of Vampire history and modern technology, and ultimately, of good versus evil, makes this a great read. This is one I will recommend to friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sun Lover in Tucson on October 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I know that they say not to judge a book by it's cover, but I couldn't help it! After reading the great reviews I knew this was a must read, and I wasn't wrong! I was unable to put the book down~ and have passed it around to my friends who also love it! A much needed thankyou goes to the authors! I look forward to reading future books by you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Book Nympho on July 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Cowboy and The Vampire is about good and evil. It has a unique, somewhat religious twist to the vampire myth; where the humans are referred to as Adamites by the vampires.

The story is told from both Lizzie and Tucker's point of views. I enjoyed Tucker's side a little more since there was some tongue in cheek humor and we got to see some pretty funny side characters through his eyes.

The back of the book states that The Cowboy and The Vampire is "A Darkly Romantic Mystery", well there were some romantic aspects but it was not the main focus (aka no smexy scenes). As far as the Mystery part....not so much. And yeah there were some dark parts but it's by no way the darkest book I've ever read. I think the use of the humor by naming the Tucker's horse Snort shows that there are some very light moments.

Basically you have an average Joe (Tucker) and a New York reporter (Lizzie) thrown into a romantic relationship and then again thrown into the world of vampires. For the most part I enjoyed the book but it did take me a while to finish it. I kept getting distracted by other books causing me to put this one down a few times. But that will not stop me from reading the second book, Whiskey and Blood.

NOTE: There was a gross out factor for me. Yeah vampires drink blood but I was a little grossed out by the fact that the bad guy wanted to drink Lizzie's menses blood. ECK!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By david V. on October 4, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I picked up this nifty book and read it on a San Francisco -- Dulles flight. It kept my total attention and interest even during a number of real bumpy "seat belts on" intervals.
The characters grow on you, especially cowboy Tucker and my favorite, Lenny -- here's a guy, a semi-hermit in Montana (I know a couple of real life Lenny's living in less remote areas) who's got a world of hands-on engineering talents (calling Detroit) but who keeps them hidden under a barrel, so to speak. There's a lot of vampire interest everywhere and this book brings a new dimension. It's a first class read, near the top of the heap for action novels -- and you don't have to be a vampire addict to enjoy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Romancing the Book on September 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Ivelisse
Review copy provided by Bewitching Book Tours

I love vampires and cowboys so I was truly excited to read this book. The book is broken up into three parts, the first part is written in first person from two characters POV: Elizabeth and Tucker. The last two parts are written in third person POV. The reason why I mention this is because the first part of the book it was hard to keep track of who was saying what. I would have to go back to figure out if it was Elizabeth or Tucker speaking. Once I passed those parts I was intrigued because it was not a typical vampire book I read, but once I kept on I found myself rolling my eyes and at one point actually said aloud "Really".

I like to read books that step out of the norm and this one does but not in a way I liked. There is a lot of reference to the bible and the authors even wrote how Jesus was a vampire, also mentions Lazarus who is one of the oldest powerful vampires who is at war with Julius. The other things which bothered me were mention of menses and how Julius needed to drink from Elizabeth during this time to become the most powerful vampire. I did not find it very appealing. Overall there were good fight scenes and at times suspenseful, but then felt short lived because either the scene was not long enough or they would skip it altogether and felt like things were missing from the story. It was okay, I think some things needed to be clarified a little better and other things were explained too much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Funkhouse on September 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was lying around my house and I picked it up one day and read the back cover. I was sold immediately. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down, I stayed up late reading and got up early to finish it. The authors do a great job of making an exciting vampire story that you can relate to. Read this book, it is awesome!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ohiojoanne on January 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I never watched the soaps, but for Dark Shadows. I read Dracula and The Historian and Sookie and Bella. And, when Buffy, The Vampire Slayer came out - I was a devotee of both the movie and then the series.

On the cowboy side, I learned to ride a horse by watching Roy Rogers and Dale Evans! And I lived in the mountains out west for a couple years and have left a bit of my heart in the high arid country of snow-covered peaks and whispering pines.

Enter, Clark Hays' and Kathleen McFall's The Cowboy and the Vampire and I now add a cowboy and vampire category. I am a fan.

The authors use their backgrounds to give voice to the book's characters. Hays grew up on a ranch in Montana and McFall is a city girl from DC. With tongue in cheek humor and homespun wisdom, McFall and Hays help Tucker and Lizzie learn about the world of vampires and the grayness that infuses the often black and white world.

Main character Lizzie, big city reporter, is unknowingly from a long-line of vampires. She is destined, through the manipulations of Julius, evil vampire, to be their Queen. Tucker, the subject of an article of Lizzie's on The Last Cowboy, is a citizen of Lonepine, Wyoming. Lizzie and Tucker make the big connection, and fall in love -before Lizzie's next writing assignment on vampires.

After leaving Tucker to return to New York, Lizzie faces her vampire article academically, "Outside of Dracula, most historical characters fitting the Vampire bill were creations of frightened pre-literate societies, since those bloodthirsty Vampires could handily explain away contagious diseases..."

When Lizzie returns to Wyoming unexpectedly, she tells Tucker that she wasn't certain how long she would stay. His is the voice of pragmatism.
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