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Goddess of Night: Book Review

Goddess of Night (Amaranthine Book 9) by Joleene Naylor

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A war four-thousand years in the making.

In the mists of time, Lilith sealed her immortal lover away. Awakened, Samael has only one plan: revenge.

Linked to Samael and caught in the middle, Katelina watched as Lilith took both her best friend Sarah and a child vampire hostage. Now, it’s up to her and Jorick to get them back. Joined by a group more foe than friend, they search for the ancient vampiress, never dreaming the fight will come to them.

A horrific attack leaves Katelina’s hometown in ruins. Sightings say Sarah may have escaped, but with her mother in a coma, should Katelina go? Or should she stay? Will more destruction follow when Samael catches Lilith’s scent?

The final installment of the Amaranthine series raises the stakes. No longer the weak, terrified woman she was, Katelina will have to step up or lose everything she’s ever cared about.

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My Review: What an amazing end to the Amaranthine saga. I’m just blown away by what Joleene Naylor has done with this series. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – this vampire series does NOT sparkle. The Amaranthine series is definitely for grownups. Raw, sometimes violent, sexy, and filled with twists and turns, the series as a whole is absolutely incredible. Goddess of Night is certainly no exception.

In this book, our heroine Katelina proves she is no longer a frightened human who is being shoved kicking and screaming from one bad situation to the next. She has taken control of her destiny and her life. She plunges headfirst into an all-out war between ancient vampires of unimaginable powers. What I love about Katelina is that even though she has become a strong fighter and a fearsome immortal, she still carries with her some of her human vulnerabilities. When it comes to relationships, she still sometimes makes decisions based on emotion instead of logic. I love the fact that, despite her enormous evolution as a character throughout this series, she is still Katelina. Of course, I have my favorite secondary characters, but among those who really stood out to me in this book were Micah (love him in this book!), Oren, Torina, and Zander.

For those who are familiar with this series, there are some serious shockers in Goddess of Night. Lives are lost, while others are changed beyond recognition. A huge betrayal leaves Katelina reeling. I finished reading this book two days ago, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I even dreamed about it last night! Needless to say, I am more in love with the Amaranthine world than ever. Please, if you haven’t read this series, do yourself a favor and get started right now.

My Rating: 5 stars!!!

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Shades of Gray: A Teaser!

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You can grab a copy of Shades of Gray (Amaranthine Book 1) on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Shades-Gray-Amaranthine-Book-1-ebook/dp/B002RHP5D6/.

(Can’t beat the price. The first book is FREE!!!)

Also, if you’re looking for some fresh, new, vampire-rific reads, you might want to check out A Very Vamp-y Valentine’s Party hosted by authors Joleene Naylor and Maegan Provan. Join the party on Facebook!

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Book Review: Brothers of Darkness

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Patrick’s Story: Brothers of Darkness (Amaranthine Prequel)

By Joleene Naylor

The prequel to Shades of Gray tells the story of Patrick and Michael, how they got tangled into Claudius’ web, and their valiant fight to escape.

When Patrick’s missing brother Michael returns, he brings with him a world of darkness. Turned into a vampire against his will, Michael is the coven’s whipping boy. When Patrick tries to help, he’s claimed as a slave who spends his weekends preparing victims, scooping ashes, and falling prey to the vampire’s twisted desires.

There’s only so much hell he can take, and when vampires from a warring coven offer sanctuary in exchange for cooperation, Patrick quickly agrees. What he expected to be a few months drags out into a long smear of nightmares, and though he fights for hope and freedom, the cost of victory may be more than he bargained for.

My Review: This book is a must read for Amaranthine fans. Having read the series, I knew how this prequel would end, so it was painful falling in love with Patrick when I already knew his fate. This story is brutal, violent, and gory, but so important to the overall Amaranthine story. Having read it, I can’t imagine the series existing without this essential piece of the puzzle. Not only does this book give insight into Patrick’s characters and how Katelina is eventually dragged into the vampire world, it also gives valuable insight into Katelina’s and Jorick’s character. We truly see a side of these characters we never could have imagined. I so glad the author decided to write this book.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. (I’d give it more if I could!)

Buy on Amazon. Or, start reading the series free by downloading Shades of Gray.

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Masque of the Vampire: A Review

Masque of the Vampire

Amaranthine Book 8

By Joleene Naylor

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The eighth book in the Amaranthine series plunges back into darkness, steeped in superstitions and death, where vampires are once again vicious creatures of the night.

After three months away, Katelina and Jorick return home. But, so does Sarah, Katelina’s best friend everyone thought was dead. How did she survive being tortured – and killed – by vampires?

Though Sarah’s not eager to share the details, Katelina knows it’s the kind of story that leaves scars. She almost welcomes the distraction when they’re sent to guard an exclusive vampire party – until Sarah claims she’s being stalked. Who among the ancient guests would be interested in them?

Then they find a dead child with a missing heart, just like the murders in the Heartless killings. Is the serial killer a vampire – and a guest at the party? Could it have anything to do with their stalker, or is it simply too much evil in one place? When everyone seems suspicious, it’s hard to tell who the culprit is.

My Review:

Holy crap! Joleene Naylor is a genius. An evil genius who wrote an amazing, gripping, fabulous book, but isn’t releasing the next book until 2017. No!!! I have to know what happens next.

Masque of the Vampire takes us on a journey to Canada where Jorick (who is once again working as an Executioner, much to Katelina’s annoyance) has been assigned as security detail to a massive vampire party. A mass congregation of vampires, some of whom are at odds with one another, and all of whom have their own agendas… What could possibly go wrong? From dead bodies, to bizarre ancient rituals, to creepy twins, to daytime stalkers, this book is incredible.

Katelina has certainly evolved in this book. She’s more confident. She’s a fighter. And Jorick respects this. Yes, he’s still the protective Jorick we all know and love, but he has come to realize that Katelina wants equality in their relationship, and he is making a real effort to respect her independence. There are some new characters in this book as well.. Some creepy. Some secretive. All are complex. And worth the read.

I love the Amaranthine world this author has created. And, trust me. It’s an entire WORLD. The author has taken us all around the globe and with every journey, our knowledge of vampire culture expands. Ancient myths and folklore. Complex rules and laws. Vampire organizations. Old vendettas and grudges. It’s all here, right within the pages of these books. I can’t recommend this series enough. It is absolutely phenomenal in every way possible.

My Rating:

5 stars

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Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  Barnes & Noble

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Book of the Day: Shades of Gray

Today’s Book of the Day is

Shades of Gray (Amaranthine Book1)

by Joleene Naylor

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When Patrick is murdered, Katelina is left with questions. Jorick, one of his so-called friends, has answers of the darkest kind: Patrick was involved with – and betrayed – a coven of vampires; vampires that may now be after Katelina.

The tale is fantastic, but the proof appears in a flash of fangs that Katelina and Jorick only just escape. Taken to a secret mansion, she discovers horror in its halls and learns the truth about her protector. Blood and destruction follow, and leave scars Katelina may never heal from.

The disturbing opener to the Amaranthine series pulls Katelina into darkness that tastes like fear and smells like blood, a world where night is eternal and vampires don’t sparkle.

Shades of Gray is currently free on Kindle and at other retailers. Grab your copy now: http://www.amazon.com/Shades-Gray-Amaranthine-Book-1-ebook/dp/B002RHP5D6/

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Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Blog Tour Day 7

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Welcome to Day 7 of the Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Blog Tour. Today, we have three books by DM Yates, book one in the Night Touched Chronicles by Maegan Provan, and two permafree books (Spellbound and Shades of Gray). Please remember to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon giftcard.

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Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect is a book of poetry sure to warm the hearts and souls of the readers. The book is divided into categories: Love, Honor, Respect, New Age, Eclectic, Pain, Tales, Religious,Fun,Collections, and Earth. Each category is comprised of 5 different easy to read poems, most done in rhyme.
 
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Always by DM Yates: Two eternal lovers, Einarr and Katura come to Earth again to experience mortality as Simon and April. Simon is 36 years old and travels the world in search of antiques. April is his best friend’s 16-yr old niece who believes Simon and she are meant to be together. Simon thinks she’s an immature teenager and does his best to avoid her. The story follows their lives and experiences, ending when April is 80 yrs old.
 
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Lone Hero by DM Yates: Aberforth, home world to dragons and people is at war. Dragons are fighting each other and the human race is in danger of extinction. Einarr is born in a dragon’s companion line. Due to an ancient magical ritual performed by Zavat, a powerful dragon, Einarr is chosen to help bring about the end of the war and issue peace back to Aberforth. This will be no easy task for Einarr since the war will last throughout his lifetime. 
As a child, Einarr develops a hatred for all dragons after witnessing their cruelty in battle, yet he accepts Zavat’s request to help find a solution to the dragons’ disagreements. Together, Einarr and Zavat make a formidable team who learn to work together and along the way Einarr realizes that there are good and evil dragons, just like there are good and evil people.
 
 
About DM YatesDM Yates grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio. She started writing stories and poetry as soon as she learned to read and write. She attended BYU Idaho, BYU Hawaii, and BYU in Provo, Utah.
Although writing and poetry are her passions, she didn’t take it seriously to publish until her later years.
She is the Author of the fantasy/new age/spiritual romance stories, starting with ‘Always.’ The second in the series, ‘The Lone Hero’ was published in Dec 2013 and continues the tale of Einarr.
Her poetry book, Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect is a collection of poems dealing with various topics, such as love, honor, respect, spirituality, new age, pain, and Earth.
Her first children’s book was also published in Dec 2013. ‘Gingerbread Castle’ is a children’s holiday illustrated rhyme book for children ages 6 – 8-yrs old.
DM Yates is an independent self-published author.
 
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Spellbound (Spellbringers Book One) by Tricia Drammeh
 

The Demon Re’Vel stalks his prey in the forest of dreams, slowly gaining control over the mind of his victim. Rachel doesn’t realize the Demon is real. In fact, she doesn’t believe in magic, Demons, Hunters, or any of the other things the Alexanders have warned her about. She resists their protection, but can’t resist her overwhelming feelings for Jace. Alisa has been drawn to Jace since the day she saved him from a Hunter attack. A mere human in a world of Spellbringers, Alisa has been embraced by the Alexander family as a hero, but not everyone is willing to accept her. Jace’s intimidating older brother, Bryce, keeps his emotions and his secrets hidden. When Bryce confides in Alisa, it puts her relationship with Jace and the entire Alexander family at risk. 

Danger, secrets, and betrayal collide, and when the Demon makes his claim, the small, southern town of Oaktree becomes a battleground for Rachel’s life.

Buy Linkhttp://www.amazon.com/Spellbound-Spellbringers-Book-Tricia-Drammeh-ebook/dp/B00MCZ23WY/

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Celine (The Night Touched Chronicles Book One) by Maegan Provan
 

The Night Touched haven’t been around in centuries. Created by the original vampire, the “First Born,” the Night Touched were made to create the bloodlines which all modern day vampires come from. Their unique powers and colorful marks set them apart from other vampires. Harper Kemp had long believed that she was the last Night Touched in existence. With her friends, Lily Buchannan and Jason Howard, she has learned to accept it. Until one night when everything changed. 

A plea from her dreams and a forbidden romance, Harper sets out on a path of discovery; not only is she not alone, she’s about to face her worst nightmare- a devastatingly handsome slayer named Silas with a finger on her non existent pulse.

 

BioMaegan Provan is a New Adult Urban Fantasy author currently based in Texas with her husband and her dog. When not writing, she spends a lot of time watching old shows on Netflix, goofing off on Facebook and playing PC games, like Guild Wars 2. Maegan is a huge fan of the works of Joss Whedon, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Cassandra Clare, drawing a lot of the inspiration from their work.You can find out more about her published works, upcoming projects, and the latest news by going towww.maeganprovan.com

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Shades of Gray (Amarenthine Book One) by Joleene Naylor 
 

When Patrick is found dead in his apartment, Katelina is left in a vacuum of uncertainty with no leads. Then the enigmatic Jorick appears. In a single sweep he turns over the rocks of reality to reveal what hides underneath in the shadows; monsters that she thought only existed in horror movies.Trapped in a nightmare, Katelina is forced to accept the truth of vampires; vampires who want her dead for her association with Patrick. Jorick saves the day, but what should she do when her hero turns out to be one of the monsters? Can she really trust – and even love – someone who isn’t human? 

Caught between light and dark, Katelina and Jorick must travel down a path of mystery and terror as their pasts are slowly revealed and their passions ignite, in a world that smells like blood and tastes like fear.

Bio: Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia. In what little time is left she watches anime and updates her blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise. 

visit her at http://JoleeneNaylor.com

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Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Blog Tour Day 6

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Welcome to Day 6 of the Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Blog Tour. I’m pretty excited about today’s guest. Joleene Naylor is one of my all-time favorite paranormal authors. She is offering the entire Amaranthine Series for FREE on Smashwords.

Please note: Book one in the series is permafree on several sales channels, but the other novels must be downloaded via Smashwords and will require a coupon code.These codes are only good for today, so be sure to get your free books right now!

Also, if you’d like a chance to win a $20 Amazon giftcard, please enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. I hope to see you all tomorrow for the final day of the tour and another chance to download some free books!

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Shades of Gray– Hunted by a coven of vampires, Katelina has only one person she can trust: Jorick. But when her knight in shining armor turns out to be one of the monsters she has to examine her perceptions of good and evil to survive.

Buy Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/5809

Permafree: Coupon Code not required

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Legacy of Ghosts– After the events of Shades of Gray, Katelina and Jorick seek peace but it’s hard to come by. Kateesha plans to fight the same battle as Jorick’s fledgling, but a common enemy isn’t enough to overcome past betrayals. Drawn into a deathly conflict, Jorick and Katelina must learn to overcome old regrets, or risk loosing their future to the ghosts of their past.

Buy Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/26235

Coupon Code-SH64A

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Ties of Blood– It’s time for Katelina to face the consequences. On a trip home they meet Verchiel, a too friendly vampire, then the police arrest Jorick. They barely get away when Katelina is taken to face Malick, the head of The Guild. Will Jorick get there in time? Who is the terrifying vampire she saw in the woods, and why won’t Verchiel go away?

Buy Linkhttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/87705

Coupon Code– EM62D

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Ashes of Deceit– Katelina and Jorick should be going to the tropics. Instead, they’re rescuing a captured vampire. Who kidnapped him and why? The truth isn’t easy to find. As Oren’s attack on the Guild draws closer, Jorick and Katelina are led back to the Citadel where the ancient master Malick reigns. When the flames of war ignite, can they rise from the ashes, or will they be consumed?

Buy Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/164070

Coupon Code– LA62V

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Heart of Raven– The fifth installment of the Amaranthine series sees Jorick and Katelina draw closer as they surround themselves with their own miniature army to outwit the machinations of the ancient master. Katelina grows stronger and learns to stand on her own because there’s no room for the fainthearted in a world where darkness is eternal and the night tastes like blood

Buy Linkhttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/294790

Coupon Code– BU99C

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Children of Shadows– An extinct cult resurfaces to wage war on the vampire guilds, leaving destruction in their path. Katelina and Jorick are trapped in Munich’s stronghold, with Ume, a vampiress who claims to know Verchiel and offers the help of her secret organization.
But, can they trust Ume and her friends? Why have the Children of Shadows reappeared? Is it really a former ally that leads them, or a look alike?

Buy Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/403239

Coupon Code– GG76D

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Clash of Legends– The seventh installment in the Amaranthine series.
Katelina wakes in Samael’s domain without Jorick. Her vampire lover gathers an army to save her, but Malick interferes. When he leaves Katelina broken and bleeding, it’s the final straw. Jorick plans the ultimate taboo: to kill his master. Will he succeed or will he and Katelina be crushed in a greater war?

Buy Linkhttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/520737

Coupon Code- KQ87T

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Author Bio: Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia.

In what little time is left she watches anime and updates her blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.

Ramblings from the Darkness at http://www.JoleeneNaylor.com
You never know what you’ll find in the shadows…..

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Clash of Legends: Book Review

Clash of Legends

(Amaranthine Book 7)

By Joleene Naylor

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The explosive seventh installment in the Amaranthine series brings blood, ruin, despair, and hope, for even in the darkest night there is still a moon.

After the battle in Indonesia. Katelina wakes in Samael’s domain. Though her memories are tattered, she knows someone is missing: Jorick.

Her vampire lover gathers an army to save her from the ancient, but his master Malick interferes. For five hundred years Malick has manipulated and ruined Jorick’s life. When he leaves Katelina broken and bleeding in the bowels of his oasis, it’s the final straw.

While Malick sets up his glorious war with a living legend, Jorick plans the ultimate taboo: to kill his master. He’s tried before and failed. Will this be different, or will he and Katelina be crushed in the carnage of a greater battle, between two whose blood goes back millennia?

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Review: Katelina, Jorick, and my other favorite vampires are back in what is probably the best book in the Amaranthine series. I know, I know. I say that about every book in this amazing series, but that’s because this series keeps getting better and better. Clash of Legends starts out strong with Katelina going from one dangerous situation to the next, and with a huge surprising twist early in the story. No, seriously! You really won’t expect this. Not in a million years.

Katelina is no longer the scared, confused young woman we met in the first book. She’s grown accustomed to this crazy world she’s a part of. While she doesn’t always agree with Jorick’s “adventures,” she’s not a passive participant. Katelina is independent and brave, and these qualities have earned the grudging respect of many. She’s even made a few of her own friends along the way.

Naylor kept me on my toes the entire book. The fast pace plot barreled toward an incredible ending. The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that it’s over! I can’t wait until the next book. I need more Amaranthine!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Buy the Book: Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo

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Interview with Joleene Naylor

Today I’m meeting with one of my favorite authors. Joleene Naylor is the author of the Amaranthine series. She’s also a contributor to the Strange Portals anthology, as well as the organizer who put it all together. I’m very grateful to her for all her hard work on the book cover, formatting, and organizing the whole collection. If you’d like to read Strange Portals, you can find it FREE on Smashwords, Nook, and Kindle.

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Welcome, Joleene! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Right now I am sitting in my living room, wearing fluffy fox house shoes and eating Pringles salt and vinegar chips, a cat above my head and a dog near my feet. Oh, you meant something deeper? In that case, it was a snowy night long, long ago, at the end of the seventies when…Too far back? Let’s just say I like to write, I like to draw, and I like to take photos. And that dog I mentioned just climbed on the couch. He’s not supposed to be on it, but he’s cute, so I’ll let him stay. (I’m also a sucker).

When did you begin writing?

When I was a kid, my brother and I used to write and illustrate “books” for fun. I graduated to “novel length” in sixth grade. Funnily enough, I didn’t write short stories for my own entertainment until late high school. The real question is, was any of this writing good? And the answer is “probably not”. Ah well, we have to dig through a lot of crud to get to the gold.

Can you tell us about your stories in the anthology, Strange Portals? What inspired you to write it?

I have two, Verchiel and Predator. Verchiel is a character from my paranormal series Amaranthine, and one of the most popular (and one of my favorites, but don’t tell him I said that). I’m working on a collection of short stories, each one about one of the Executioners (vampire police) from Amaranthine, and that is his. I had a hard time choosing a story for him because there are so many things that would have been interesting, but in the end, an origin story is always good.

Predator is a story a friend of mine challenged me to write during my MySpace days. (Anyone remember MySpace?) It’s a takeoff of one called Imagination that was a rework from those high school days I mentioned. Imagination has a similar theme but a very different ending.

Please tell us about your other published work.

This is where I copy and paste, right? Ha ha! Seriously, though, the Amaranthine series are vampire books for those of us who don’t like our heroes to glitter. Heck, even if you do like glittery heroes you might like it. Katelina is an average human woman who gets pulled into the vampires world thanks to a “friend”. One minute she is mourning his death and the next she’s running from vampires who are trying to capture her. Luckily the dark, heroic, and smexy Jorick is there to save her. Then she discovers he’s a vampire too and things really pick up.

People often ask me what genre they fit in. Are they paranormal romance? Sure, there’s romance. (Did you see where I called Jorick smexy?) but if I had to pick a category I’d choose paranormal fantasy because the pacing, plots, etc are far more fantasy novel than romance novel.

I love your Amaranthine series! What projects are you currently working on?

Clash of Legends, book 7 in the Amaranthine series, will be released March 31. I’m also working on the Tales from the Executioners short story collection, and I’d like to do an Amaranthine Encyclopedia. Someday I might also rework the Patrick prequel. If I do I’m more likely to give it away on my website, though, as only about 30% of the readers will like it.

Do you have a book recommendation to share with us?

How many do I get? I’ll limit myself to three series, but that’s hard to do.

DM Yates’ fantasy novels, starting with Always, are awesome. They have a reincarnation premise, so each book has the same “characters” but they get to be different people – it’s brilliant! The first is more contemporary but the second and third are dragons and warriors.

CG Coppola’s Arizel Wars series is also awesome. It’s a fantasy/sci-fi series about a girl who is taken to an alien planet and gets mixed up with a hottie and an interplanetary war.

Spellbringers by our very own Tricia Drammeh is amazing – it’s YA fantasy and centers on a pair of girls – one magical and one human – and the Spellbringers, a magical race that lives side by side with our own.

Thank you for the shout out to the Spellbringers. I totally agree with you about DM Yates’ books. Always is amazing! What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Don’t expect to make big bucks. There was a time you could sell books just by showing up. Not now. There are millions of ebooks and only so many digital readers. Sure, new people are buying eReaders every day, but the growth rate is a LOT slower than it was. Add to that traditional publishers have started giving away freebies and selling for low prices, and our competition just doubled. If you’re planning to write novels because you want money: don’t. If you’re writing because you want to write, then go for it.

That’s excellent advice, and so true. Thank you for being here today, Joleene. And congratulations on the upcoming release of Clash of Legends

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Author Bio:

Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia.

In what little time is left she watches anime and updates her blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.

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Connect with Joleene Naylor at the following links:

Facebook Page  |  Twitter  |  Website  |  Goodreads  |  FB Profile  |  Pinterest  |  Google+

You can find Joleene’s books on these sites:

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  B&N  |  Kobo

You can also get them on iTunes, and in paperback on Amazon

 

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Children of Shadows: Book Review

Children of Shadows
Amaranthine: Book 6
By Joleene Naylor

The sixth installment of the Amaranthine series pulsates with the dark blood of vampire lore.

The Children of Shadows, a vampire cult not seen for hundreds of years, resurfaces to wage war on the vampire guilds. Led by a familiar face, the cult wreaks havoc while Katelina and Jorick are trapped in Munich’s stronghold. Ume, a mysterious vampiress, who claims to know Verchiel, offers the help of her secret organization. But how are she and Verchiel connected, and can they trust her?


As mysteries are solved, new ones appear. Why have the Children of Shadows returned, and is it really a former ally that leads them, or a look-alike? Jorick and Katelina will have to team up with past companions and new allies if they want to find out the truth.


Legends rise and secrets are revealed in a world where vampires walk, drenched in blood and shadows.

 
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My Review: War has come to the Amaranthine world, and Jorick and Katelina are caught up in the middle of it. A group claiming to be Children of Shadows is bombing vampire strongholds, while another secret organization claims to oppose them. After being held against their will in Munich, Jorick and Katelina escape only to find themselves plunged into intrigue and danger. They’re swept along from continent to continent, intent on getting to the bottom of who is leading the Children of Shadows. Is Malick the ring-leader, or is the newly awakened Samael the one who resurrected the evil group? And, most importantly, who keeps invading Katelina’s thoughts and dreams?

I know I keep saying each book is the best one yet, but that’s because each book gets better and better. Children of Shadows is a very strong sixth book in the series, a book that sets up the series for the most exciting plot-line yet. This book centers around Cyprus, Malick, and Samael–three dangerous vampires with their own unique goals. Cyprus is focused on revenge, while Malick craves turmoil and power. Samael’s ultimate goals are unknown to Jorick and Katelina, and this makes him the most dangerous adversary of all. While forces within Katelina drives her to greater strength and bravery, she is probably the most vulnerable she’s been throughout the series.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the underlying fear inspired by Samael who is always on the periphery of Katelina’s thoughts and fears. There are hints that Katelina isn’t quite the same since she consumed the ancient vampire’s blood at the end of book five, but even Jorick and Verchiel can’t quite figure out the ultimate effects.

In terms of character development, this book has a lot going on. Katelina’s relationship with the other characters evolves, particularly with Sadhira, Loren, Oren, Etsuko, and even Torina. Even the more prickly of her vampire companions (Micah) has grudging respect for her, as she’s proven herself in more ways than one. There’s a great scene with Loren and Micah where Katelina shows her devotion and love for the vampires who have been a part of her life.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, just like I’ve enjoyed the entire series. The author’s talent in creating this detailed world and tying multiple characters and plot lines together is astounding. If you’re looking for a series to fall in love with, this is it. With six full-length books, several short story collections, and a blog dedicated to the series, being an Amaranthine fan is truly an experience. I can’t wait for book seven!

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