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The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Mystery Paperback – October 8, 2010
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
I enjoyed The Cowboy and the Vampire; the quirky characters, the new mythology of vampires, and the focus upon the uncertainty between evil and good. --Joanne L. -- LuxuryReading.com
The vampires in this book are Hays and McFall's own version and have an interesting link to early Christianity ... Some are good, some are less good, and some are joyfully bad. --Book Lovers Inc.
From the Author
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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This labor of love was clearly written by two people, more importantly a loving husband and wife duo, who can clearly articulate what love is and the power it wields over our judgment, for better or worse.
As Tucker and Lizzie journey through this strange trip with the undead as tour guides, I felt joyfully compelled to stay with them to the end. Tucker is a true man's man who's hard up for a woman he mourns at sunrise. That woman, Ms. Elizabeth Vaughan, reminds me of someone I wish I was on my good days -- strong, fierce, smart, emotionally connected yet restrained -- with a bloodsucking legacy forcing her into uncontrollable circumstances. I worried for the health and happiness of the hero and heroine not because I wanted them to live happily ever after (a phrase with new meaning in the vampire world) but because I felt close to them and invested in their way of life.
The Cowboy and the Vampire is really just good old fashioned fun. But, fun isn't easily achieved praise. It takes a sense of humor, tangible characters and a carefully constructed mythology to make this vampiric tale a fun-filled adventure. I'd definitely recommend and am looking forward to a sequel!
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.
The humor flipped back and forth from a chic and refined wit to a dusty old, bourbon-in-hand, fireside yarn. Put a fishing rod in Tucker's hand and you will hear John Gierach's voice or irreverence and crisp satire.
I loved the relationship between Tucker, his trusty dog Rex (who is quite funny himself) and his dependable horse Snort. The characters in this book were engaging and kept me turning the page long past bedtime and occasionally when I should have been doing other things (work!). I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good western horror novel - doesn't everyone?
The story takes Tucker from Montana to New York and elsewhere on the globe as the finely-paced plot unfolds each new mystery. No matter the conflict, Tucker's inherent cowboy charm carries him through (and his dog Rex helps a bit, too).
The vampire history is ingeniously crafted and well interwoven with existing legend, leaving you wondering whether vampires might actually exist. Written with wit and humor, this is sure to entertain. A must-read for vampire-lore fans and anyone who enjoys a charismatic story well-told.
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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