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The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Mystery by [Hays, Clark, McFall, Kathleen]
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Editorial Reviews

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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

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: 1165 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (October 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040GJ31M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Found this novel to be very average. While at points there were some very interesting and well written scenes these were often found surrounded by over the top religious allegories and bland material that often starts interesting and strong but ultimately is either forgotten about or goes nowhere. The story as a whole truly felt like something you would expect to find on various literature sites on the Internet as a free story, and if that was where I had found it I would be suitably impressed.

However, after paying $10 for it I can't help feeling like I didn't get a professional quality novel. nor was I at all impressed with the Kindle version sold here. The book was obviously scanned by a OCR program and while the scan is fairly good quality I kept thinking it was an illegal scan due to the many errors it had. Obviously this was a quickly done cash in with little to no time taken to edit the Kindle version to remove errors in this process or even to include a table of contents and chapter breaks. It is quite readable but the quality is below what I'd deem acceptable for a supposed professional release.

All in all without going into specific spoilers lots of things are interesting. The vampire mythology spun is intriguing but the connections to biblical verses and biblical stories simply do not resonate well and feel very forced more often then not. Also throughout the book the authors fell far too in love with their creations and simply couldn't kill characters that ideally should have been killed within events shown. As such and for a myriad of other reasons the novel again feels amateurish.

Would I purchase this novel again? No not at this price point simply not worth the material therein. Would I recommend it to others again no. Nothing is done here that isn't done far better in a myriad of other urban fantasy novels.
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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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