Black Friday is here and we’re discussing the season with Laura Wright’s Synjon and Lucian from Eternal Sin.
Love and Vengeance…
The violent attack left Synjon destroyed and his lover dead—at the will of the evil vampire Cruen. Syn’s passionate savior was Petra. When she became pregnant with his child, it should have been a blessing—until Syn vanished after discovering the truth: Petra was the daughter of the man he despised above all others. The daughter of Cruen.
When Petra’s health begins to decline, she contacts Syn to help save their baby. Though reluctant to see Petra, he cannot turn his back on his own innocent child. But night after night, as his feelings for Petra are rekindled, Syn becomes increasingly torn.
Although everyone assumes that Cruen is dead, Syn is not convinced—and is still hell-bent on finding and destroying him once and for all. But will his thirst for vengeance keep him from seeing what is really worth living for before it is too late?
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away two $10 Amazon giftcards.
Shopping for Baby Vampires with Synjon and Lucian
“It’s called Black Friday,” Synjon said as they moved through the mall toward their destination.
Lucian sneered, bypassing people on their cellphones, people carrying insane amounts of shopping bags, people eating hot dogs and frozen yogurt and pizza. “If these humans don’t get out of my way, it’s going to be called Red Friday.”
Synjon couldn’t help but grin. He’d called the Roman brother about an hour ago, when the sun had dropped out of sight and the cover of darkness had spread across Manhattan. He’d thought that if he’d had to go shopping, he wasn’t doing it alone.
“Put the fangs away, Frosty,” Synjon said, bypassing a stream of shoppers coming out of a store called Brookstone. “If I don’t come home with this princess doll, Petra won’t speak to me.”
“A doll?” Lucian grumbled. “Are we are truly reduced to such shameful drudgery now that we have young?”
“What do you mean, WE?” Synjon asked, spying the shop Petra had instructed him to patronize. The Disney Store. “I thought you were just along for the ride.”
“It seems once Bron heard about this doll from Petra, she also wanted one for Lucy.” He growled as they entered the strange shop full of pint-sized party dresses, pirate costumes and loads of stuffed animals. “This is my hell.”
Synjon snorted. “Agreed.”
“We are truly held by the balls, it seems.”
Synjon laughed. “That I don’t mind, frosty. In fact, when my Petra invites me into the bathtub and I hover above her–”
“Christ, Brit Boy,” Lucian interrupted. He looked at him, sneered. “Have you not heard of the phrase TMI?”
Grinning, Synjon nodded. “I have, and I don’t give a shite.” He gestured to a sign. “There it is. Bloody hell, look at that crowd.”
“Why are we doing this again?”
“When my Petra’s happy, my dead heart beats. Truly, it feels like that at times.”
Lucian nodded. “When they smile and shit?”
“Exactly. So let’s get this thing and get out.”
The crowd seemed to part for the tall, imposing males, but Lucian and Syn weren’t even to the bin of dolls before they realized there was nothing inside it. The store was sold out.
Synjon felt his fangs descend and his eyes narrow. “Did that human male just take the last three dolls?”
Already on it, Lucian was at the male’s side in seconds. “Sir, do you have three balas…er, children?”
The man, dressed in jeans and a ‘Hammered at the Holidays’ T-shirt grunted his reply. “Hell, no. I sell these on Ebay for huge money.”
“How about selling two of them to us, mate?” Synjon said quickly. “We have two little females…er, girls, wanting them.”
“Fine,” the man said. “Two hundred bucks a piece.”
“Two hundred,” Synjon exclaimed. “Are you bloody insane?”
The man was unmoved by his shock. “Do you want them or don’t you?”
Syn turned to Lucian. “Do you have four hundred dollars on you?”
Lucian didn’t answer. His gaze was narrowed on the man. “It says the things are on sale for ten!”
“Too bad,” the man said, walking away, chuckling. “Have a great holiday. Hope those little females won’t be too disappointed.”
Synjon and Lucian watched the man head for the front of the store to pay. Watched as he slapped down a few twenty dollar bills, got his receipt then headed out of the store.
“That guy is very unreasonable,” Synjon said calmly.
“He’s an asshole,” Lucian added.
Synjon grinned. “I’m sure if we get him alone and explain our situation, he’ll be more understanding, don’t you think?”
“Oh, hell yeah,” Lucian agreed as they strode out of the store. “Our little females will have those goddamned dolls even if blood must be spilled.”
“My throat is dry.” Synjon sniffed the air, taking the man’s scent into his nostrils. “Then afterwards we can stop by Sees Candy for a little after dinner mint.”
“Sounds good, brother,” Lucian said, catching the man in his sights. “It’s sample day!”
Meet Laura Wright!
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Laura Wright is passionate about romantic fiction. Though she has spent most of her life immersed in acting, singing and competitive ballroom dancing, when she found the world of writing and books and endless cups of coffee she knew she was home. Laura is the author of the bestselling Mark of the Vampire series and the USA Today bestselling series, Bayou Heat, which she co-authors with Alexandra Ivy. Laura lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children and three loveable dogs.
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I find ebay has a lot of what you are looking for but cannot find at the store. But if it’s too much trouble I forget about it. Besides, children must learn they cannot always get what they want.
Loved the short of Syn & Lucian. too funny. What I have done to get a Black Friday item? Get to the store in question extremely early and stood by it. Then when the time came grabbed it. :)
That was great. Just trying to imagine those two out toy shopping together is too much :). I’ve never done anything to get that must have item other than call a friends dad in NYC and have him shop for me. The item was only available in NYC that Christmas. Thank you.
I’ve driven to a store in another state to get batteries and lanterns after we haven’t had power for several days.
I’m not a Black Friday shopper. I would never go out to buy something on that Friday- I HATE crowds!
I have stalked someone in the dressing room and told them the outfit I wanted made their hips look too big. I offered to hang it back up for her and when she gave it to me, I ran to the register and bought it. I’m a bad person…that looks GREAT in that outfit!
I braved black friday to get my must have item then went shopping all day fri & sat to get the rest! :)
Rafflecopter Question “What did you think about this characters experience during their holiday shopping?” I hate when the one item you want is gone, but the end of the excerpt had me laughing! I already answered this question but it said it marked it as spam so I will answer it again in this comment “What have you done to get that must-have item?” All
I do is brave black friday this yr I went out early thurs then went out ALL day fri & sat to get everything :)
I can’t say I have done anything special to get any specific item. I am not one to go out Black Friday shopping. I would rather avoid the crowds and shop early or online.
I’m sure holiday shopping was probably worse for them.
We dont have Black Friday here in Australia but we have Boxing Day Sales and i try to steer well away from them! I hate all the crowds and pushy people lol
Nothing really special. In the past, I’ve done the butt crack of dawn shopping but the fun has definitely gone out of it now that it’s on Thanksgiving. I do it all online! Shopping in the pjs is definitely the way to go :)
I’m not a Black Friday shopper either and don’t remember a time recently that I did something crazy for an item. I would rather stay home than wait in the cold/trampled by shoppers lol.
After 38 years of marriage, I just get it for myself! :o)
I’ve done the Black Friday deals for several years with my mom but we’re not people that push/shove or anything rude to get something we really want. We believe that if there wasn’t any left then we just weren’t meant to have it.
Wowza, BIG fan of the cover of ‘eternal sin’
I never had to buy something that bad :)) If I had, maybe I’d have gone to crazy lengths as well :D
I do some Black Friday sales… Try to get it online if I can first though. Although a couple of years ago I stood in the sleeting rain for 5hrs with my bf to get HIM a phone. I did get me one as well later on and caught the flu but it was worth it lol.
What have I done for that must-have item – I spend huge time on the Net looking for it and spend a lot of money on it.
Rafflecopter question: What did you think about this characters experience during their holiday shopping? – I feel sorry for them, because they can’t come out during the day and loose great opportunities. LOL
I’ve never shopped Black Friday. The most I’ve done is extensive online shopping to find a greatly desired item.
I did once years ago go Black Friday shopping. My son wanted this power wheels car that was really popular that year. All the stores had been sold out but one was having it that day and like $150 off the price. I ended up getting it and had it in my cart when a woman came up and tried grabbing it. I ended up elbowing her in the stomach, lol. My son loved that Christmas, hehe. I’m not brave enough to do it now.
I remember the first big craze for Christmas toys. It was the original cabbage patch doll. Everybody had to have one and it was madness. My grandmother was determined to get one for me and my cousin. She made the newspaper. Someone had photographed her leaping like a running back on fourth and inches at the goal line. I still have that framed clipping hanging in my office.
Other than endure mobs of shoppers and long hellish lines, not too out of the ordinary for many other shoppers.
BTW, really loved your short story posting. New to this author but would love to read more of her books.
I have to admit, I’m more of a Christmas Eve shopper then a Black Friday shopper. I’m usually out of town for Thanksgiving and don’t want to buy anything since I would then have to lug it home on the plane.
I went out shopping on Christmas Eve and walked around for 3 hours until I found what I was looking for.