Lest We Aren’t Forgiven by Railyn Stone – Cover Reveal

Title: Lest We Aren’t Forgiven

Author: Railyn Stone

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date:  September 2016

A three month cross country trek has led Chris Carlisle back to a place he’s not so sure he belongs…home. Without his wife and daughter, nothing makes sense and he is determined to put distance between him and anyone who reminds him of his previous life; namely his family.

Kori Tagliotti has just moved to Glanville, California and it is the perfect place for her to leave her abusive past and move on to a better life. However, she soon realizes sharing her painful history may be therapeutic for both her and Chris. Drawing on her own strength, she helps him rebuild his life and heal his heart.

Unfortunately, external forces challenge Chris’ newfound stability and their relationship gets caught in the crosshairs of people who mean them harm. Manipulation, greed and lies are about to destroy everything they hold dear, and may even cost someone their life.


 

Interview with Jamie

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Hello! And welcome to the weekend Amaranthine interviews where YOU ask the questions!

In honor of the new book, I’m going to give everyone else some time off and conduct these interviews myself. See what a good author I am?

36-JamieJo: Today we have Jamie! Hello Jamie! It looks like your fangirl has left a LOT of questions, so let’s dive right in. Bonnie asks: What was your last name?

Jamie: Fan girl? And as for my last name, when? I’ve gone through several. My current Guild issued ID says it is Jamie Wolfsfeld.

Jo: I think she meant before you were turned, but never mind. Bonnie also asks: Were you angry when you got well and found out your sister had turned you?

J: I didn’t have time to be angry over that. It was nearly in the same breath that she told me my father had been murdered, my wife was dead, and that my brother-in-law had allowed it to happen.

Jo: Okay, we’re treading dangerous ground. Moving on, Dawn asks: How did you become an Executioner and do you like the job?

J: It was 1715, during what you’d call the Yamassee Indian Wars-

Jo: No, no. They don’t say ‘Indian’ anymore.

J: Um… all right. As I was saying it was during the Yamassee…what?

Jo: Just Yamassee Wars, so Wikipedia says.

J: All right. The Yamassee Wars. We were on the – well, we were not on the British side. I assume we still call them British?

Jo: Oh yeah. Who is we?

J: My friend, Wapi. Anyway, though we were not on the British side, we were wary of getting involved on the…other side. Isn’t it Native American’s now? Anyway, we didn’t need to – they had vampires of their own, already. Word of the fight and the involvement of vampires made its way to Malick, and he sent Jorick and Ark. Wapi and I had the same whisperer abilities as the others – Malick was only recruiting Executioners with those abilities at the time. In the end I joined them, and Wapi did not.

Jo: Fair enough. Alicia asks: Why do you love this job?

J: I don’t know that I’d say love…It gives me a chance to do things and go places…truthfully I don’t know what I’d do if I wasn’t an Executioner.

Jo: Opinionated Man asks: What are the health benefits of being an executioner? Holidays?

J: *Laughs* The health benefit are that you rarely find yourself on the wrong side of the law, and since punishment is often death, being on the right side of it is good. The Holidays aren’t very good, though.

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You’ll meet Jamie in Ties of Blood

Jo: Dawn asks: Do you Wish Jorick would have stayed on as an Executioner?

J: No, I think it’s just as well that he left. The job eventually wears on the mind, and Jorick started in a bloodier time, when there were fewer rules and more killing. I imagine that weighs heavier than the deeds we do today, but even those are enough.

Jo: Dawn also asks: What do you think of Jorick?

J: As in, what do I think of his personality, or his gifts, or the way he handles things? I believe he overreacts sometimes, but then don’t we all.

Jo: I think she had more in mind the same thing Jennifer asked: Do you consider Jorick a friend or just an ally you get along with?

J: I’d call him a friend. I was the best man at his wedding, after all.

Jo: And speaking of weddings and significant others, Jennifer asks: What is your opinion of Katelina?

J: She seems…fine. I can’t claim to know her, though she seems a more appropriate mate than the last. Not that I knew her well either.

Jo: Dawn asks: Do you think Katelina is good for Jorick?

J: Yes, I think he needed something to pull him out of the self-imposed funk he was in after Velnya. Though perhaps Oren’s war was already doing that to some degree. Had he really wanted to hide and mourn, he’d have never left his den at all.

Jo: That’s a valid point. Bonnie also wants to know: What are your hobbies?

J: I have a strange suspicion that she’s the fan girl you mentioned. As for my hobbies, I enjoy reading, though not as much as Jorick. I once wrote poetry but I haven’t done that in a long time. Hunting used to be quite enjoyable – I traded skins for awhile before I joined the Executioners. Um..I enjoy playing the piano. Is that enough?

Jo: That will do. Bonnie also asked: Do you play video games or get on social media?

J: No, I haven’t made the move to video games, and social media is a confused mess. I do enjoy strategy games on paper however, with dice and such. Though new ones are hard to come by.

Jo: Amy asked: What’s your favorite color?

J: Deep green.

Jo: Good choice. Sharon wants to know: If you could do anything at all, what would it be?

J: Besides killing my brother-in-law? I suppose that’s a bad answer, but it’s the first thing that leaps to mind.

Jo: You should let it go and pick something better.

J: Fine. A magic portal to another realm would be interesting.

Jo: Ha ha! Now your nerd is showing. Bonnie asks:  I know you collect crystal but do you fiddle with other things like the occult or astrology?

J: I have done horoscopes, if that’s what you mean. Tarot is an amusing diversion, but I don’t believe in the results, or in runes.

Jo: Another question from Bonnie: What sort of books do you read?

J: Fantasy novels are my favorite.

Jo: No vampire books? Alright, Sharon asks: Where was the last place you went on vacation, if ever?

J: Canada. Not for the ball, but several years ago I went for two weeks and camped in a deserted area. It was…peaceful.

Jo: And probably reminded you of your fur trader days. Moving on, Bonnie asks: What do you think of modern women?

J: I…um…modern women in general? I really don’t know enough of them to comment, and what age group do you consider modern.

Jo: Bonnie also asks: Do you tend towards long relationships or do you prefer hit and runs?

J: I…good grief. I guess longer relationships would be my answer.

Jo: I did mention fan girling, remember? And on a less fan girl note, Sharon asks: What are your dreams?

J: Erm, as in my dreams at night? Last night-

Jo: I think she meant the future, but never mind. This is running long. Our last question comes from Amy: What is your deepest, darkest secret? (I promise I won’t tell! )

J: I don’t…erm…I mean…I-I don’t have any…um…Uh…

Jo: I didn’t think you’d answer it, either, but it was worth a shot. And with that, we’re out of questions. Thanks to everyone who left a question, and to everyone who stopped in to read. Be sure to check out the post where you can leave a question for Katelina’s mother.

 

Ask Patricia a Question!

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It’s time to torture – I mean interview – the Amaranthine characters!

This week it’s Patricia – Katelina’s mother’s – turn. Leave your questions for her in a comment and next Sunday we’ll see what she has to say for herself!

(Closes July 30, 2016)

#FirstLineFriday – Trevor

FLFIt’s time for #FirstLineFriday! On Friday, authors post the first one or first two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a published work  on their blog, and title the post #FirstLineFriday (just like this). It’s  a lot of fun, so feel free to join in! You can share your link on my blog comments, or on Rami Ungar’s (the brains behind FLF).

Today’s first line comes from the short story Trevor, part of the Thirteen Guests collection.

Trevor laid Saul’s clothes out and then moved to the bathroom to run his bath. After more than fifty years, the rituals had become a routine.

What do you think? What’s your first line for the week?

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Patrick Poll!

The Patrick prequel is in the editing stages, with an October release date – but it needs a name, and for that I need your help!

Which is your favorite title? Which one would make you grab the book? I want to know! (If you don’t know what it’s about, you can read the in-progress synopsis below the poll)

(In progress synopsis)

Patrick is a twenty-something scrounger who’s decided to grow up – sort of. With a job and his first apartment, he’s plagued by problems; the love of his life is with another guy and his brother Michael is missing.

Then Michael comes back and the real trouble starts.

Turned into a vampire against his will, Michael is kept as a whipping boy by the coven. When he begs for help, Patrick reluctantly investigates their creepy mansion. Captured, he’s claimed as a slave who straddles two worlds; one of light and one of dark.

To escape servitude, the brothers turn to Jorick, a mysterious vampire who promises sanctuary if they help destroy the coven. Though he’s only a human, Patrick does his best, even as he spirals into a black abyss of alcohol, drugs, and murder. Desperate for absolution, he seeks redemption in the arms of his first love, only to discover that what he thought was an angel is just another lie. When his daytime and nighttime worlds collide in a scene of brutal violence, and he realizes he must forsake the light until he is free of the vampires.

Then he meets Katelina. Though he knows he shouldn’t, he’s soon falling in love and ready to step up his fight to leave the darkness behind and be with her. But, all victories come with a price, and the cost of this one could be his very life.

The dark emotional prequel to Shades of Gray plunges into a black abyss of anger, misery, and despair without the promise of a happy ending.  As with all prequels, Patrick is a spoiler-filled look at what came before and just may be the blackest of all the Amaranthine tales.

Which title is your favorite? What do you think of the blurb?

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Interview with Sorino

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Hello! And welcome to the weekend Amaranthine interviews where YOU ask the questions!

In honor of the new book, I’m going to give everyone else some time off and conduct these interviews myself. See what a good author I am?

22-sorino Jo: Today we are interviewing Sorino! Hello, Sorino! Let’s get right to it, shall we? Dawn asks: How old are you?

Sorino: Yes. Hello. As to my age, I was born in in 1509, and turned in 1536 – the same year Ann Boleyn was executed. And yes, it did create some brief excitement in court, but there’s always something new to divert the attention.

J: Okay. I’m assuming you were involved with court to some degree, but I refuse to humor you and ask, so on to the next question. Sharon asks: What kind of music do you like, if you listen to it of course?

S:I enjoy what you’d call classical music. Brahms, Beethoven – Chopin is not as brilliant as everyone thinks, but he’s listenable-

J: Of course you’d say that because you’re such an excellent composer yourself.

S: I am, actually. If you’re a good author perhaps someday I’ll let you hear my greatest Sonata.

J: Lucky me. In that vein, Sharon also asks: Just wondering what some of your favorite things to do are?

S: Ah, an interesting question, as tastes change as we evolve, or should. I mentioned that I used to compose, though I have not done that in a century or more. For a piece I greatly enjoyed hunting rogue vampires, and I still do it now and again when I’m bored. Travel, of course, holds much enjoyment, but travel with a purpose is even better. My latest amusement is my collection of artifacts, and it allows traveling and hunting when there is a lull. I believe our little Katelina calls it “treasure hunting”. Whatever label you want to apply, it is quite amusing, and gives one a rush of… satisfaction to acquire that which someone else was so close to. I’m not alone in this, though one of my fellows fell recently, and I’m most curious to know what became of his collection.

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You’ll meet Sorino in Ashes of Deceit

J: Give it a rest. Dawn asks: In the pursuit of something you want is there anything you won’t do?

S: Perhaps. If so, I have not discovered it yet.

J: I’d pretend to be surprised, but I don’t see the point. Karen asks: How do you feel about love? Are you someone who thinks they love someone or do you feel love for someone?

S: Romantic love is an illusion, a fairytale told to make the idea of procreation less sinful. As for love of a more platonic type…I don’t believe it exists as many would pretend it does.

J: And along that line, Amy asks: who would you consider a true friend…someone you trust, who trusts you, without deals, bargains, blood debts, favors, etc.?

S: *Chuckles* Ah, friends. Once you’ve lived some time, you will see that a friend is only a friend when it suits them. I trust myself.

J: You don’t trust Kai?

S: *dismissive gesture* He does not have the free will to betray me. That’s not trust, but control.

J: Wow, You’re nice. Speaking of Kai, Dawn asks: Why did you save Kai and why did you keep him?

S: That is an interesting question. I keep him because he is convenient if nothing else. He is human and so does not suffer from some of my more unfortunate limitations, though thanks to the blood he has ingested he is not as weak as other humans. As to why I saved him…I’ve asked myself that question many times. I suppose because he was there.

J: Uh-huh. You know you feel some affection for him, no matter what you pretend.

S: I did not deny it. Do you not have affection for your cats? Your dog?

J: He’s not a pet. And speaking of that, Amy asks: do you ever plan to let your human free?

S: He has no desire to be freed.

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J: Dawn wants to know:  Are you going to change Kai?

S: It is something I’ve considered, but he isn’t old enough yet. When he is we’ll see what happens.

J: Yes, yes we will. Gwahahahaha! Ahem. Moving on. Amy asks: What do you think of Verchiel? Is he up to something?

S: *chuckles* Ah! Poor Verchiel, much maligned and often misunderstood. I’m a mind reader, who can see his chaotic thoughts, so to tell you what I know would really be unfair, wouldn’t it? *looks amused* I will say that I’m not sure he knows what he is up to.

J: I believe that. And the final question comes from Angela: If an evil genie offered you three wishes, would you take them and what would you do with them?

S: A most amusing question. One assumes the genie must grant any wish, correct? If so, my first wish would, of course, be that the genie became my slave and from that moment on followed my every order and granted my every wish. From there we would sweep the globe and then we’d see what became of my collection! Ha ha!

J: Only you would want to enslave the genie. And with that we are out of questions! A huge thanks to everyone who provided questions, and who stopped in to read. Please check out the post where you can leave a question for Jamie.

Did you miss an interview? Catch up!

Samael
Katelina
Katelina’s Bonus Follow Up
Verchiel
Jorick Part I
Jorick Part II
Micah
Kai
Torina
Velnya’s Resurrection
Velnya
Etsuko
Loren
Oren
Maeko

Ask Jamie a Question

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It’s time to torture – I mean interview – the Amaranthine characters!

This week it’s Jamie’s turn. Leave your questions for him in a comment and next Sunday we’ll see what he has to say for himself!

(Closes July 23, 2016)

Reality Bites Issue Three!

The new edition of the Reality Bites magazine is out – and it looks even better than usual! The new format has taken it up a notch, and I know it will just continue to get better. Be sure to check it out – and subscribe for future issues.

 

 

#FirstLineFriday -Eagan

FLFIt’s time for #FirstLineFriday! On Friday, authors post the first one or first two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a published work  on their blog, and title the post #FirstLineFriday (just like this). It’s  a lot of fun, so feel free to join in! You can share your link on my blog comments, or on Rami Ungar’s (the brains behind FLF).

Today’s first line comes from the short story Eagan, part of the Thirteen Guests collection.

Eagan oversaw his luggage being deposited in his room. Hands on his hips, he gave the servant’s directions, then bid them out when they’d finished.

What do you think? What’s your first line for the week?

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