Smashwords Alerts

Smashwords has added an awesome new feature: Smashwords Alerts. When you sign up, Smashwords will send you an email alert when the authors you’re following have a new release. That means whenever I publish a new free short story, or a new novel, Smashwords will let you know. All you have to do is sign up.

To follow an author, log into your Smashwords account at http://Smashwords.com, then find your favorite author’s page. On the left side, under users who’ve favorited the author, you’ll find a button to favorite the author and to subscribe to author alerts.

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But what if you don’t buy books from Smashwords? What if you like Barnes and Noble, or Amazon better? I can’t speak for all authors, but when I publish a book or story on Smashwords, I also publish it on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and all the others, so an alert from Smashwords would still let readers know that a new story was out there, waiting for them on their platform of choice. (Of course, Smashwords has file types compatible with all eReaders, so you could go ahead and grab it from them while you were there.)

And, should you ever decide you don’t want alerted anymore, shutting them off is as easy as clicking the button. You really have nothing to lose. So, head on over to Smashwords and sign up for alerts from all your favorite authors today!

 

Indie Authors Book Expo

13567444_512523918934579_1726561630786136091_nSo, I’m finally doing it. On November 5th, I will have a table at the Indie Authors Book Expo, held at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. The best part of the event? It’s FREE to guests! That’s right, you can come see me and a slew of other awesome authors, including Maegan Provan, for FREE.

Want to see what awesome authors I’m talking about? Check out the uber cool slide show (WordPress won’t embed it, so sadly you have to click the link) 

 

So get ready, and I hope to see you in November!

Interview with Troy

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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?

This is the last of our interviews, so before we get into it I want to thank everyone for their questions, and for checking these out! This is the eighteenth of the set, the most I’ve ever done, and I’ve had so much fun  – and it’s all because of you! So, thank YOU!

troyJo: And now, the least for last.. erm, I mean, the meanest for last – can you tell I really don’t like Troy?

Troy: Pffft. Whatever. You need me to be the villain.

J: True, but I don’t have to like you just because I need a villain. You might like to know though, that Steve likes you. (He’s reading Patrick right now, where Troy has a bigger part.)

T: Not as big as I deserve, but whatever. Let’s get on with this shit, huh?

J: Fine with me. Since I mentioned Steve, we’ll start with him. He asks: What kind of aftershave does he use?

T: Ha! Aftershave. Well, all right. There wasn’t no aftershave back in “my day”. That shit didn’t get popular until the 30s. But I always like aqua velva.

J: Nice. That should help their advertising campaign. Wait. Do they even make it anymore?

T: *Snickers* You’re bein’ hostile.

J: Not at all. Sherry asks: Troy, what was it like trying to pick up the pieces after your parents left you and your brother alone?

T: Ha ha! This is where I’m supposed to get all emotional and touchy-feely, right? Well, it ain’t happenin’. We managed. I was old enough to know what the fuck was goin’ on, and my brother and my sister were pretty enough to be worth a little cash. I found the clients, they did their jobs, I made sure they got paid, and we all ate a goddamn meal. We had a good racket too, ‘til my sister went septic from the damn abortion and died-

J: Yeah, I’m gonna stop you right there. Amy asks: What are your top three regrets, and what would you do differently?

T: Ha! You ain’t ready to hear my confessions, sister! But to keep my author a happy little girl, I’ll see what I can come up with, huh? I regret underestimating Jorick – not that I underestimated what he *could* do, but what he *would* do. I knew he had the hots for the bitch, but I didn’t think it went far enough for him to storm the den. I also regret that I wasn’t the one who got give it to her, but I needed Claudius to do it. Truth be told, I figured since Jorick was there, he’d kill Claudius over it and I could get the coven. And the third…I regret not getting Patrick made immortal. He was better than his brother by a long shot.

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You can read Troy’s short story in the Vampire Morsels Collection (Free everywhere except Amazon)

J: Dawn asks: What did you feel for Patrick?

T: *laughs* he was a pretty little thing, wasn’t he? Ah, what does anyone feel, huh? He was fun to break, and the best part of him was that since he got to escape in between he had time to put himself back together and I could do it again, and again, and-

J: We’re done with that. Dawn also asks: Are you Jealous of Katelina?

T: Ha! Jealous? Of what? That Patrick thought he loved her? No. Truth is, he needed her to keep his head together. That bitch he had at first didn’t do much for him, so she was a nice change. Though it’s funny how fast she forgot he even existed.

J: And that pissed you off?

T: What? That she went for Jorick before the boy’s body was even cold? Nah. I don’t care. Just saying it says something about her. Made it easier to give her to the wolves, if you know what I mean. Had she been loyal, I might have had a soft spot for her. Or a hard spot.

J: Oh God. Steve asks: When he is rogering his victims, does he feel hottest with a male or a female?

T: *laughs* The girls are fun, but the best are the pretty boys – even better are the ones that hate it but like it at the same time. Makes them ashamed for enjoying it, and that shame tastes delicious.

J: Ugh. Steve also asks: Is he shunned by straight vamps?

T: Nah, not for the most part. Once the fangs sink in, they all feel the same. You’d be surprised how many of the so-called straight vampires hop the fences.

J: Sharon asks: If you change one thing, anything, what would it be?

T: We’d go back to the moment when Jorick stormed the den and got the better of me. A smarter way to do it would have been to set Claudius up doin’ what he was doin’, and then to stay down there instead of following orders and going upstairs. Jorick would have been busy killing Claudius, and wouldn’t have noticed me, and I could have been the bad guy in the rest of the book, or in the next one. Hell, maybe I could have teamed up with that bitch Kateesha. She was a dirty who-

J: Ahem! God! Steve asks: Does he have vamp playmates?

T: Ha ha, hell yeah. Of course. Yulia is always up for it, and there’s two or three others that are regulars. Don’t let their better-than-you bullshit attitudes fool ya. I’ve tasted most of that coven in one way or another. Even Joseff, for all his tough guy shit.

J: Right. Amy asks: Do you have any remorse for the horrible, evil things you did?

T: Sorry, sweetheart, but I can’t come up with anything horrible or evil that I did. Anyone who got hurt had it coming, one way or the other. Either they deserved it, or they liked it. It’s not like I went around breaking the wings off angels, just killin’ demons, coz that’s all there is in this world – no angels, just the goddamn demons. Some are just more obvious than others.

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You’ll see more of Troy in the prequel Brothers of Darkness

J: God you’re bitter! Amy also asks: What do you think is your one redeeming quality?

T: *snickers* like what? You wanna hear how I love puppy dogs, or help old ladies across the street? Fuck that. My redeeming quality is that I did what I had to do to survive. I took care of my brother and my sister, ‘til she died and he found a dirty old woman to keep him, then I took care of me. I worked hard, I did what I was told when I needed to, rebelled when I needed to, and I survived. And I woulda had that coven if-

J: I’m not sure that’s redeeming, but whatever. And for our last question, Sharon asks: Where do you see yourself in, say 5yrs?

T: In your nightmares, sweetheart. *rough laughter*

J: And with that we are done. Thank god. Thanks so much to everyone who left a question and stopped in. Unfortunately, you can look forward to more of Troy in the upcoming prequel Brothers of Darkness, where I suppose he’s probably the main villain, just like he really was in the first book.

Did you read all the interviews? If not, 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
Sorino
Jamie
Patricia

 

Patrick Goodness


I’m lucky enough today to have a guest post on the awesome DM Yates’ blog where I discuss Patrick and share another ARC excerpt.Check it out, and while you’re there check out some of Donna’s work, too! You won’t regret it! 

My Interview in Reality Bites Issue #4

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Reality Bites issue #4 is out – and yours truly has an interview in it! Check it out for deals, teasers, and of course my snazzy interview!

 

Interview at Authors Interviews

interviewFiona was kind enough to interview me at her Authors Interviews blog – and she had some really great questions, like:

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

“Here lies the Queen of the Galaxy”. I then want buried in an expensive tomb with a scepter, so when alien archeologists excavate in a million years, they’ll put me in a museum as a ruling deity.

So check it out! And while you’re there, be sure to read some other awesome author interviews! (And if you’re an author, maybe sign up for your own!)

 

#FirstLineFriday – Ren

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 Ren, part of the Thirteen Guests collection.

Ren turned off the shower and stepped out of the tub. The steam on the mirror reminded him of fog. Without contrast, his snow colored hair and skin were lost in it.

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

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Book Review: Ashes of Deceit by Joleene Naylor

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In this fourth installment in the Amaranthine series, it is the holidays. Yes, Katelina is lucky enough to know the joys of Season’s Greetings with vampires. Its like The Nightmare Before Christmas, but with more blood.

One bit of imagery that Joleene treats her readers to, is how vampires punish a traitor of their own kind. I’ve heard of drawn and quartered before, but at least the victim of that torture gets to keep their jaw intact! Seriously gross! But in a Merry Christmas kind of way…

Ah, but Ashes of Deceit wouldn’t be complete without another trip to the Citadel. Malick is all charm as he flexes his ancient vampire muscles to show off how much more powerful he is than all his subordinates. Using Katelina as leverage, Malick forces Jorick to rejoin the Executioners as his punishment? What?

But that’s not all, folks. What Amaranthine book would…

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The Patrick Cover Reveal & Pre-Order!

You might have already seen the cover reveal on the awesome I Smell Sheep Blog (I love these guys, seriously, check out their reviews if you haven’t before!) But just in case you missed it…. here is it is!

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Patrick’s Story: Brothers of Darkness – the Prequel to Shades of Gray

Release Date: 10-11-16

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“Not a love story…a dark spiral into blackness.”

“If you’ve read Shades of Gray, you know how this has to end.”

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.

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Pre-order at the special price of $2.99 (on October 11th the price goes up!)

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And here’s a little excerpt:

The park was eerie in the dark. The hulking jungle gym sat like a crouched monster waiting to spring, and the swing set’s long shadows were tendrils of evil that snaked towards Patrick and Michael as they leaned on the teeter-totter.

The snow slowed, then stopped. Patrick scuffled his feet in the drifts and counted off the seconds. How long would it take a vampire to find them?

And why in the hell do we want him to?

Michael’s shoulders suddenly went stiff and Patrick followed his gaze. At first, he saw only darkness, then, just like last time, the guy materialized from the shadows.

“You’re looking for me?”

Michael narrowed his eyes. “You’re the mind reader, you tell me.”

Without hesitation, the vampire asked sharply, “Why should I help you?”

Michael grabbed his brother’s arm. “Come on, Pat. I told you this was a fuckin’ waste of time.”

Before they could move, the mysterious man replied, “I didn’t say I wouldn’t help, only asked why I should.”

Patrick nodded hopefully. If the vampires were half as terrifying as this guy, there was no way they could deal with them alone. They needed someone who could help them and, though he couldn’t say why, he was sure this was the guy for the job. Maybe because he scares the shit outta me. “Hang on, Mikey. Let’s give him a chance.”

Michael glared at the vampire. “Why? We don’t even know who he is!”

“Does it matter?” Patrick asked desperately.

“He knows who we are!”

The man all but rolled his eyes. “My name is Jorick. What do you want from me?”

Patrick answered quickly, “He needs help to get away from Claudius.”

Jorick studied them. The moments stretched thin and taut, heavy with the oppressive winter atmosphere. Finally he said, “Let me speak to my associate. We might be able to do something. Return here in five days.”

Then he disappeared.

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Pre-order at the special price of $2.99 (on October 11th the price goes up!)

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#FirstLineFriday – Jome

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 Jome, part of the Thirteen Guests collection.

Jome checked his watch. It was after midnight already. He’d meant to arrive yesterday, but a delay had set them back and now they were crawling in at nearly the last minute.

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

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