25 Days of Holiday Cheer! – Blood Signs

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What is your favorite Holiday candy?

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Randall is a poor medical student looking for a job. When his roommate Darren tells him all about an easy position with the company he works for, little does he know that he’s about to become the favorite blood giver of the toughest vampire in town.

Sasha had been looking for the perfect mate for most of his long life. When Randall comes looking for a job Sasha knows he’s found his eternal mate. Now all he has to do is convince the skittish human that he needs to belong to Sasha forever.

 

Excerpt:

Randy Stewart’s stomach growled as he flipped through his textbook. Concentrating on his paper was difficult as he struggled to work through his hunger. He was out of money until later in the week when funds from his student loan came through. The twenty in his pocket was going to have to last until Thursday, when he got his check.

“You gonna do something about that, man? It sounds like it’s going to escape and eat me,” Darren asked, laughing.

“Very funny,” Randy said to his roommate. He wasn’t looking forward to tomorrow. He hated Mondays. They were just the beginning of a long, hard week; served him right for going to medical school. At least, this was his last year.

If he survived his clerkships.

Some of the physicians didn’t appreciate spending time on students while others went too far the other way and wanted to be your new best mentor.

Luckily, he didn’t have anything on Sunday; it was the only time he didn’t have clerkships. Occasionally, he was on call with his intern, but it was rare.

Another stomach growl made him grimace.

An apple sailed through the air heading toward him. He caught it with one hand, biting into its thick flesh. Juice spilled down his chin, making him pause and wipe it with the back of his hand.

“Seriously, dude, haven’t you found a job yet?”

Randy shook his head at his roommate, not bothering to look away from his computer. “I’ve had a hard time finding one that’ll work around my schedule.” Randy’s last job for a catering company had a downturn with the economy so they had to let him go. For the past three weeks, he’d been looking, but it had been next to impossible finding something else. “It’s hard to convince people to let you work odd hours when they can hire ten other people who can work whatever hours they want.”

“Why don’t you hit your parents up for cash?”

Randy laughed, and even he could hear the bitter notes. “Not everyone’s parents are rolling in cash, like yours. My dad’s a farmer. Hell, I’m going to have to be some top-notch specialist in order to make enough to cover my student loans.”

He tried not to let the idea depress him. After finding out how much college and medical school cost, Randy almost gave up on the idea, but he’d been dreaming of being a doctor since he was five and got a toy stethoscope for Christmas. His parents supported him emotionally, but they barely had enough money to pay for the farm, much less medical school. He’d always had a rocky relationship with his father, but then his father was a tough bastard. Randy’s coming out of the closet didn’t change their relationship a bit.

When he left for college, Randy’s father gave him a box of condoms and told him not to come home with any diseases.

It was almost a tearjerker.

His mother had shaken her head and slipped him a hundred dollar bill. Unfortunately, that money was long gone for other expenses. College was fucking expensive.

“I’m going to have to do something soon, though, or I’m going to starve to death.” He’d been frugal, but his medical school loans didn’t cover as much as his undergraduate degree loans. There were a lot of extras in medical school that ate up his food money. They never tell you that you’ll need copy packets that cost thirty dollars each, on top of your books.

Darren flashed Randy a smile that, if he didn’t know the man was as straight as a board, he might have taken as a come on. “I might be able to hook you up.”

He could almost see the bright yellow caution light flashing over his roommate’s head.

“Hook me up with what?”

“A job.”

“What kind of job?” As far as he knew, Darren hadn’t worked a day in his life. His friend was getting a Masters in Fine Arts degree because he didn’t know what else to do with his drawing talent and his family would pay as long as he attended college doing something.

Before Randy could interrogate his roommate, a soft beep from his laptop told him it was time to check his glucose levels. With a sigh, he pulled out his kit. Removing a test strip, he pricked his finger and squeezed until a drop of blood fell on the strip. He put it in his meter and waited. The machine beeped. and he let out a breath of relief.

Normal.

Diabetes was a vicious bitch.

“How often do you have to do that?” Darren asked.

Randy sighed as he answered the same question that Darren asked every couple of weeks. After two months of rooming together, Randy had come to the conclusion that Darren had absolutely no memory capability.

“Once a day unless I feel like crap, then I check it until my sugar levels off.”

“Huh. Wanna come with me tomorrow night?”

“Where to?”

Darren’s eyes flickered around their shared room like he didn’t know where to look.

“Where to, Darren?” he asked in a firmer tone. It wasn’t like his outgoing roommate to keep secrets. Darren was the type who liked to boast about anything he could and some things he shouldn’t.

“It’s easier to take you than to tell.”

121 thoughts on “25 Days of Holiday Cheer! – Blood Signs

  1. Chocolate Covered Cherries.
    Well I’m not really sure if they are Holiday candy per se but they are easier to find at Christmas time.

  2. Aniseed balls. They were our treat around Christmas when we were young. But one Christmas I was gicen a pound to buy ‘sweeties’ and bought a jar of pickled gherkins *drools* – I was 5 at the time…
    @HojuRose

  3. Chocolate Covered Cherries and Bullseye (Chocolate on the outside with Peanut Butter in the inside, I think this is what its called)

  4. When I was young one of my great uncles gave all the cousins their own boxes of chocolate cherries every Christmas. I still love them and they always make me think of Uncle Hans and Christmas.

  5. Thank you for the excerpt. This is on my TBR list now.

    My favorite candy at the holidays are old fashioned creme drops. The come in cherry or just plain. It’s very hard to find now, but I remember my grandmother giving them to us when I was small.

  6. I am not sure it is a traditional one, but it is one my family have had every year since about 1965? So before I was born. It’s called Gorp and consists of raisins, peanuts and m&m’s..yumm! Some people call it a form of trail mix I guess.

  7. I have blood sign and my favorite candy for the holidays are m&ms or gumdrops and anything chocolate.

  8. My favorite is almond roka. I might of spelled the last part wrong. I also love the non peppermint candy canes.

  9. Since the Holiday wasn’t specified ( 🙂 ) I’m gonna go with the Cadbury Easter Egg. Regular or Caramel. So good. Still looking forward for the Wolves’ portion of this series. Got the Vamp and Fey. Wolves need their turn to howl.

  10. Chocolate covered cherries my mom use to get them all the time around this time of year. I also love cookies with hot chocolate.

  11. When I was growing up, we would make candies for the extended family as gifts. There was one candy that was everyone’s favorite, Martha Washington’s. They are a coconut mixture rolled into a ball and dipped in chocolate. They are now my sons’ favorite.

  12. Orange flavored chocolate balls that you slam on the counter and they break into sections. Can only find during the Christmas season.

  13. This is one of my two all time favorite Amber Kell series. Someday I hope there will be a third book, in which we get to see the wings.
    😉

    Homemade soft fudge. Mmmmm

  14. Chocolate of any kind:) Especially with peanut butter flavoring – not necessarily seasonal but they sure come out with yummy ones at the holidays!

  15. Peppermint bark is cool. I always associate Christmas with Almond Roca, too, for some reason, even though I don’t think it is seasonal. Or maybe the type I am thinking of was. There is a local candy shop somewhere in Minnesota where my mother-in-law shops that produces excellent chocolate mint candy decorated like presents.

  16. Milk Chocolate Peppermint Bark or Dark Chocolate Evening Dream from Ghiradelli (the individual squares not the bars).

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