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

Clark Hays , Kathleen McFall
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Reporter Lizzie Vaughan doesn't realize it, but she has 2,000 years of royal Vampiric blood coursing through her veins. Neither she nor Tucker, her cowboy lover, has any idea that Julius, the leader of the undead, has a diabolical plan to reign over darkness for all eternity--with Lizzie at his side. Lizzie battles for her life--and her soul--as she and Tucker find themselves caught up in a vampire war, pursued by hordes of Julius' maniacal, bloodthirsty followers. Who will be left standing when the sun rises?

Editorial Reviews


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,

"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,

From the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2126 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (October 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040GJ31M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,849 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cowboy and the Vampire December 5, 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, loved this book! October 23, 2010
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read July 5, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it Anywhere October 4, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read! September 24, 2010
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
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a Fan! January 13, 2011
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Really enjoyed this book. The story came along nicely and I enjoyed the ride. I'd like to see a part two. Think it would also make sure great movie.
Published 11 months ago by Corey G. Makrush
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rowdy, rolicking read
A very unusual romance indeed! Belly laughs abound in this unique take on the Vampire vs. Adamite world. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S.C. Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vibrant Love Story Blending Vampire Lore and the Human Spirit
The Cowboy and the Vampire is a love story between Tucker, the cowboy who grew up in Montana and Lizzie, the hot-shot reporter who lives in New York. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars A Darkly Madly Fun Read!
What a great tale! Not your typical vampire story or your typical Western. I love the characters, all of them, even the evil ones. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Soupy
3.0 out of 5 stars inconsistent
The authors changed the spelling of Annemarie several times throughout the book and half the time didn't even capitalize it. Other than that it was an okay book.
Published 23 months ago by Lynn Champ
5.0 out of 5 stars New side of vampires
I really enjoyed the world created and the writing was great. If you like vampire stories, this is a great one!
Published on April 19, 2013 by tdevore
5.0 out of 5 stars great take on the vampires
This is a new way to look at vampires and I loved the book. There are twists and turns in every chapter.
Published on April 14, 2013 by arty
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
Nice escapism. Interesting take on the origins of vampires. I smell a sequel. If so, I would give it a try.
Published on April 4, 2013 by pt
4.0 out of 5 stars liked
I liked this book. It was interesting. It was different from most vampire books and movies and TV shows I have seen though which is probably why I liked it.
Published on March 8, 2013 by Chelsea Schaerer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good paranormal romance
It was a good romance and great battle scenes. Kept me on edge of my seat figuring what was going to happen next. Couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on March 2, 2013 by J. Rohrback
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