Amaranthine Collector’s Editions

You asked for it! Well, okay, three people asked for it, but three people are three people and never let it be said that I disappointed anyone on purpose.

Ahem. As I was saying, “You asked for it…” The Amaranthine Collector’s Editions are now available in paperback for all seven titles, featuring the original hand drawn covers and random bonus features!

Shades of Gray

1

Legacy of Ghosts

2

Ties of Blood

3

Ashes of Deceit

4

Heart of the Raven

5

Children of Shadows

6

Clash of Legends

7

Those of you who love the old style covers rejoice! May there be dancing in the streets! May the wine flow freely! May…what? Overboard? Pshaw! Have YOU ever formatted a paperback book? Okay then. As I was saying, dancing, celebrating, joy and wine and croutons!

Why croutons? Why not?

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Mini Prologues, a Cover Contest & a Favor

The winner has been chosen in the blog hop and notified. A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by. There was a great turn out.

Also, the second Amaranthine Special Edition is #14 in this month’s You Gotta Read contest and Donna Yate’s Always is #16. A vote for either one would be appreciated. Just follow the link and vote via the flash poll.

In other news, I flipped a coin, played eenie-meenie-minie-mo and finally decided to upload the Heart of the Raven: Mini Prologues to Amazon. I won’t say it hasn’t been a bit of a mess; for some reason they are determined to link it with the Heart of the Raven novel, though after some emails with customer service I think that is/will be straightened out.  BUT they are still charging $.99 for it. Here’s where the favor comes in.

If you would be so kind, could you stop in at http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Raven-Prologue-Collection-ebook/dp/B00EK7ZHW0, scroll down to the “Product details” and click on “Tell us about a lower price”. This will bring a pop up where you can click “Website” and then enter this url (you can copy and paste it) – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/302454 – and enter “0” in the price and shipping fields, and then click the yellow “Submit Feedback”.

Thanks so much, and hopefully amazon will get that price marked to $0 soon so all the kindle readers can download it for free, too.

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Interview on Sallie’s Book Reviews!

Sallie was kind enough to host me on her blog today! 

Sallie: What do you think makes a good story?
Jo: Good characters. It’s like the Harry Potter series, some of the storytelling was a bit lackluster, the final battle was a letdown, but everyone loves the series anyway because they love the characters. If you make great characters that leave people lots of room to play with (whether this means fan fiction or just ‘fantasizing about’) then readers will forgive a less than stellar story because they just want to see more of the character and learn more of those all important details.

Stop by to see the answers to other questions, such as what is the most common comment I get from readers and the all important one: Buffy or Xena?

http://yesterdaydaugher.blogspot.com/2013/02/joleene-naylor-author-of-ties-of-blood.html

 

It’s 2013 and We’re Still Alive

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The Special Editions of which I speak

The 12/21/12 Apocalypse didn’t kill us, nor did it wipe out technology, so to celebrate for the month of January the Amaranthine Special Editions will be priced at just $2.99. With two books in each volume, that makes it just $1.50 a book, not to mention all the yummy extras like character interviews, artwork and more.

Volume I:  Shades of Gray and Legacy of Ghosts, the first two novels in the Amaranthine series weave a bloody tale of death, war, love and most of all vampires. Special features include the “Lost Chapters” from Legacy of Ghosts, the short story “How to Silence a Human”, links to downloadable content and a character gallery featuring original artwork.

Volume II: Ties of Blood and Ashes of Deceit, the third and fourth books in the Amaranthine series, continue the saga of Katelina and her new world of blood, night and vampires. Special features include character interviews, the story of Lilith, links to downloadable content and an Executioner gallery featuring bios and original artwork.

(for an extended description visit the Special Edition Page)

On Amazon:

Volume 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009BA0VK4

Volume 2: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009BJAGU0/

On Barnes and Noble*

Volume 1: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1113097905?ean=2940015526110

Volume 2: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1113069477?ean=2940015538038

On Smashwords:

Volume 1:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236178 

Volume 2: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236195

* As of this posting B&N is being persnickety, so to get your special sale price you have to click where it says NOOK Books (2) and then choose the second version like so:

B&N sale price

And here’s hoping 2013 is a great year for everyone! Happy New Year!

Why am I So Twisted? (And a Bonus Contest!)

Why am I so twisted? why do I write stories where people’s heads get ripped off? Why is there always murder, mayhem and monsters? Today I answer that question on A Thousand Lives blog. Check it out and enjoy a never before published short story, The Beasts, written just for Halloween 2012!

If that wasn’t enough, you can enter to win autographed  paperback copies of the Amaranthine Special Editions:

A $31.00 value!

It’s easy. Just check out their facebook page at – https://www.facebook.com/Pageturnersbookaddicts?fref=ts – for details! (Hint: all you have to do is caption a fun photo on their page and like my author page, so if you’ve already liked it, you’re half entered!) be sure to check it out as it’s a fun idea with, in my opinion, a pretty cool prize!

 

Special Edition Official Release!

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by edenpictures via Flickr under CC license

Hello! This is Katelina from Joleene Naylor’s Amaranthine series. I’d like to announce that the (un) awaited Special Editions Vols I and II are finally available everywhere. And here to tell us more about them is my author!

*Verchiel strolls in* Um, that’s a no go. Our amazing author is too busy.

Katelina: You’re joking.  What am I supposed to do with the rest of this post? I guess that’s it folks. Here are the links to grab your own copies of the Special Editions:

Amaranthine Special Edition Vol I:

paperback
Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Smashwords
Sony ebook

Amaranthine Special Edition Vol II:

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paperback
Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Smashwords
Sony ebook

Verchiel: Wait, wait. What’s that? It doesn’t make people want to check it out. You have to tell them why they want to. You have to make them excited! Offer them some cookies, some punch, maybe a balloon!

K: You go ahead. besides, why do they want to check the Special Editions out? They probably already have the books, so why buy them again?

V: That’s true. Though there is a bunch of bonus content, like character artwork, flash fiction, links to downloadable content, deleted scenes and character interviews.

K: You mean those interviews where the blog readers asked us questions?

V: Those are the ones. Jo tidied them up a bit, but they’re basically the same. So for all those who asked questions, if you’d like to see your name in print…

K: And what deleted scenes?

V: You know, the Lost Chapters from Legacy of Ghosts. Geeze, where have you been?

K: And character artwork? that’s weak.

V: Not at all. Some of it is new, and the Executioner gallery has never been published anywhere before except those cool cards she gave away to three people.

K: Fine, so there’s a little bit of bonus content. Still not worth buying it.

V: You’re a tightwad. But fine, if someone already owns them then maybe it’s not worth it. What if they don’t, though  What if they’ve put off buying the ebooks, or even the paperbacks? I’ve done the math an it’s cheaper to buy the two special editions than it is to buy all four paperbacks. And as for the ebooks it works out to the same price for the Special Editions as buying all four individually, and there’s still bonus features. You can’t get better than that. And they make the perfect gift! What could be better than two books in one? Especially when I’m in them?

K: How about two books you’re NOT in? I just don’t see the point in combining them, except to give them shiny new covers without admitting that her old covers need some work.

V: You’re pretty negative when it comes to our wonderful author, aren’t you? The point is to put them together the way they were meant to be. If you remember, there were originally two loooooong books she split into four.

K: Whatever you say. Since you seem so enthusiastic about this, you finish the post up. I’m going to go do something more interesting like take a bath or watch paint dry. It’s not like our author cared enough to even show.

V: She’s very busy this month.

K: Yeah, writing more horrible crap happening to me. Oh boy, oh boy. Seriously, have fun. *leaves*

V: You’ll have to excuse her, dear readers. I’m afraid she’s a little bitter right now because… well, no spoilers, but let’s say Munich isn’t working out like she planned. In the meantime, if you haven’t completed your Amaranthine collection, or if you’re a new reader, or if you’re looking for the perfect gift, check out these links and snag your copies today!

Amaranthine Special Edition Vol I:

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paperback
Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Smashwords
Sony ebook

Amaranthine Special Edition Vol II:

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paperback
Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Smashwords
Sony ebook

And here’s a cookie!

Vampire Cookies (in honor of the new season of #trueblood starting tomorrow!)

by ijokhio via Flickr under CC license

Smashwords is getting faster, but… The Saga of the Special Editions

After reading that Smashwords  sped up the approval process for the premium catalog, I decided not to upload a separate NOOK version of the Special Editions through PubIt, but instead let Smashwords distribute it to Barnes and Noble to see if they really were faster.

The answer is yes and no.

I uploaded the books on the 14th and by the 17th – three days later! – I was approved for the premium catalog. This is quite a change from the month it took for Ties of Blood! But, approval isn’t shipping. Despite the fact that books are supposed to ship to Barnes & Noble every Thursday or Friday, mine sat for a week and finally shipped on the 26th – nearly two weeks after it was approved – and as of this posting the books still do not appear on BarnesandNoble.com, which means my official launch will either be incomplete or will have to wait some more.  EDIT: On October 2nd they finally showed up on B&N’s site, almost a week after shipping.

Here’s a breakdown:

  • Uploaded – Sept 14
  • Approved – Sept 17
  • Apple – shipped  Sept 17th – (visible sometime between Oct 15th & 28th)
  • Barnes & Noble – shipped Sept 26th, visible on their site Oct 2nd
  • Diesel –  shipped Sept 19th – was listed on their site by Sept 26th (maybe sooner)
  • Page Foundry – shipped Sept 24th
  • Sony – Shipped Sept 27th (listed on their site Oct 2nd)
  • Kobo – shipped Oct 25 (listed on their site Oct 28)
  • Baker-Taylor – still not shipped as of Oct 28

Bottom line? Yeah, they’ve gotten faster, but if you want to let Smashwords handle all your distribution, and you want it shipped by release date, start  four weeks early.

What are my plans? I intend to let Smashwords handle all versions, though I think I will upload to PubIt initially as I have had no problems with having a Smashwords version and PubIt version, and in fact sell a handful of PubIt versions even after Smashwords shows up, though I always sell more SW copies. Example:

  • September B&N sales through SW=72
  • September PubIt sales =14

And PubIt pays monthly, as opposed to SW quarterly, so it puts a little money in my pocket in the meantime.

, if you’re interested in the extended editions then get the links from my Amaranthine Special Edition Page.`

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