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?

Leave a comment


  1. Penny

     /  July 20, 2016

    I like a Requiem of light too, but as a book title for Patrick, I think that it’s a little old fashioned.

  2. I think your first three paragraphs are great! It gets a little wordy in the middle, and I think you mentioned something about there not being a happy ending and I was like “Aww…no happy ending?” (even though I knew there probably wouldn’t be one). But other than that, looks pretty good!

    And I voted 😉

    • Yeah, I wasn’t sure about that “no happy ending” bit, but then I don’t want a bunch of nasty reviews bitching that he dies… yeah, he has to. Not much I can do at this point :p Though I don’t know what that helps. On 101 I say “This is not a novel” but if you check a chunk of reviews complain “this is not a novel”. really??? No joke! LOL!

  3. Amy

     /  July 20, 2016

    Great choices and great synopsis! This is a dumb question 😁 : is a synopsis and a blurb the same thing? If I were reading the description above for this prequel on Amazon, I would probably start skimming on the paragraph that starts with, “To escape servitude…” Is there a way to condense that one? Everything is beautifully written, as always! ❤️

  4. Reblogged this on Readsalot and commented:
    Prequel! Prequel! Read all about it!

  5. prequel blurb too plotty! 😉 Leave some suspence, even though whoever has read Shades of Gray knows how it ends for the brothers! 😉
    Check “How to Write Fiction Sales Copy” by Dean Wesley Smith (the posts should still be on his site if you don’t want to buy the book) for what I mean…

  6. panda1970

     /  July 28, 2016

    I picked “The Blood of Brothers”.

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