Ashes of Deceit Collector Cover is Retiring!

AoD RETIRE

Do you still need/want the hand drawn Ashes of Deceit cover for your Amaranthine collection? If so, you have until June to get it, and then it’s gone.

You can get a copy direct from Amazon (for $9.00 plus S&H if you don’t have prime) or you can contact me to get a signed copy (Message me on FB or send me an email), though the signed copy costs more (because I have to pay double postage – once to ship to me and again to ship to you, making it $13.50 total)*.

*prices for US only. No idea what International is.

So get your collector copy today, before it’s gone!

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The “new” collector cover will look like this:

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Ashes of Deceit is Getting Updated…

Look for the new cover reveal right here on April 14, 2018! 

Can’t wait? Are you a fan of the Amaranthine books? Join the Street Team to get a heads up! (Please only request to join if you have read the books or stories. Thanks!)

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Experimental Ashes of Deceit Cover

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The fourth book has even less emphasis on the romance, and more on the culmination of the story arch with Oren and Malick. A lot of things are wrapped up. I went for purpley-blue to give it the edge of feminine. The bulk of the heavy action takes place underground, which doesn’t lend itself to a silhouette, but there are some defining scenes at a country house, so I went for that. I could also claim that the lonely scene emphasizes that, as a human among vampires, Katelina is alone among the monsters.

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Sample Sunday: Ashes of Deceit

Amaranthine – the exciting, action packed paranormal series from Joleene Naylor:

Pulled into a world of darkness, Katelina’s fate is intertwined with Jorick, a dark, enigmatic vampire. To stay by his side, she must navigate fields of intrigue, terror and bloodshed as they’re drawn from one vampire war to another. Join Katelina and Jorick in a world where vampires don’t sparkle and night is eternal.

Here’s an excerpt from book 4, Ashes of Deceit:

Katelina woke and blinked groggily. Cold air blew her hair in her face and she made to wipe it away, except that her arms didn’t work right. They weren’t the only thing. Her legs felt like lead and when she moved them nothing happened.

“She’s waking up.”

In her half coherent state it took Katelina a moment to recognize the voice. It was Kioko, the Executioner.

Executioner?

The last several hours crashed over her and she suddenly remembered. As she came to terms with the memories, she sought Jorick and found him, still unconscious, hanging over Ark’s back. She forced her eyes and mind to focus and realized she was on the runway of a rural airport, draped over Kioko’s impatient shoulder. Behind them was a small airplane and above them the sky was black; the stars blotted out by bright ground lights. A chilly mist gave the lights an otherworldly halo and made the air smell like damp, dead grass. Katelina shivered and wondered if she was in Iowa.

Probably, since we’re going to the Citadel.

Just that phrase was enough to fill her with fear. She remembered the last visit and her encounter with Malick, the head of The Guild and Jorick’s ancient master; the way he’d lain her mind bare and probed through it at his leisure. She didn’t think she could do it again.

In Ashes of Deceit Katelina and Jorick must rescue a captured vampire and discover 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. When the flames of war ignite, can they rise from the ashes, or will they be consumed?

Get the book from Smashwords AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, or Apple or check out the Cyber Monday sale to get the Special Editions – all four books for only $6.00! 

Do YOU Have a Suggestion?

You probably aren’t wondering that, but I’m going to tell you anyway!

Unless I get complaints/suggestions, you’re lookin’ at the cover 😉

Patrick: A prequel is finished in its rough draft form. Rather than the 50,000 word Novella I had in mind, Patrick clocks in at around 101,000 words. Some of those might get trimmed, but even so it’s going to be a full length novel. For those who have no idea what that means, it’s roughly the same length as Ties of Blood. Not only is it longer than it was supposed to be, but it is darker – lots darker.  I knew it would be sad, but I had no idea how much *&^% poor Patrick went through. I’ll be interested to see who lies it and who doesn’t.

Anyway, the first two beta readers have it in their grubby hands – well, er, on their computers, and then it is off to the next round. (I’ve had one volunteer so far. Who else is brave enough?) I hope to have it through beta stages by the end of September  and finish my last edits in October, which means it should be published by Halloween. Yay!

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While Patrick is floating through beta readers, I’ll spend September finishing book 5: Heart of the Raven. I hope to send it to betas in October and have it back by mid November to do all the last rewrites and final rounds of editing. If all goes well it should be published in December or January. (this means I won’t be around much in September)

(You may notice that the collection covers lack my usual artwork. Call it an experiment. I have a bet going about it, and we’ll see who wins.)

Meanwhile, in September I will release two  Amaranthine Special Edition collections. Book one will feature Shades of Gray & Legacy of Ghosts, while book 2 will have Ties of Blood & Ashes of Deceit. Both will have bonus content.

“Did you say bonus content?”

Yes, I did. Why should DVDs have all the fun? With that in mind, book one has The Lost Chapters from Legacy of Ghosts, a Character Art Gallery/Bios, the special short How to Silence a Human (written for Love in the Kitchen: Flash Fiction & Recipes collection) and links to downloadable content (three wallpapers and a print yourself bookmarker set). Book two has The Amaranthine Character Interviews, the Executioner Character Gallery/Bios, The Legend of Lilith short and links to downloadable content (two bookmarker sets and three more wallpapers).

The question is:

What bonus content do YOU want to see?

Is there some other piece of randomness that I’ve generated over the years that you’d like to have in one, tidy place? Or is there something new you think it needs? As always, looking forward to your feedback!

July Sale!

I’m Guilty. I can’t resist a good sale, and that’s exactly what is going on over on Smashwords! It’s the big July summer sale, and the Amaranthine universe is participating!

If you haven’t picked up your ecopies of the books, now is your chance! Just follow the links below (click the titles or the covers!) and enter the relevent codes at checkout to get your sale price!

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray:  $2.00FREE

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Legacy of Ghosts: $2.99 – $1.50

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Ties of Blood: $2.99$1.50

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Ashes of Deceit$2.99$1.50

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Remember, these prices won’t last forever, so grab your vampire goodness while you can! And of course, the Vampire Morsel short stories are always free!

Blog Tour – Day Nine

Join me on my first ever blog tour!

Today fellow author Lindsay Downs was kind enough to let me share a steamy excerpt of Ashes of Deceit! This is the final stop on the tour, so bring your fire proof gloves and be sure to enter on Lindsay’s blog for a chance to win a free ebook! While you’re there, check out her other awesome posts, including Sample Saturday!

http://ajessicasalesnovel.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/joleene-naylor-day-9/

Check out the rest of the schedule for more chances to win:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/my-first-blog-tour/

Thanks for stopping by and helping to make my first tour a success!

Blog Tour – Day Eight

Join me on my first ever blog tour!

Today fellow author Reena Jacobs was kind enough to let me share what I’ve discovered about the Power of the Freebie! Are you a freebie hoarder, or do you only download the ones you want to read? Come tell us and be sure to enter on Reena’s blog for a chance to win a free ebook! While you’re there, check out her other awesome posts, including excerpts of her WIP!

http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2012/06/joleene-naylor-blog-tour/

Check out the rest of the schedule for more chances to win:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/my-first-blog-tour/

Thanks for stopping by and helping to make my first tour a success!

Blog Tour – Day Seven

Join me on my first ever blog tour!

Today I am hanging out on one of my favorite blogs with the sheep! Come see what happens when I mention the name “Thor” and be sure to enter on I Smell Sheep’s blog for a chance to win a free ebook! While you’re there, check out their awesome reviews, interviews and other giveaways!

http://ismellsheep.blogspot.com/2012/06/sheep-interview-joleene-naylor-give.html

Check out the rest of the schedule for more chances to win:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/my-first-blog-tour/

Thanks for stopping by and helping to make my first tour a success!

Blog Tour – Day Six

Join me on my first ever blog tour!

Today Angie Bailey of Lariats and Lavender kind enough to interview me! Join me as we discuss road trips, gas station munchies, and of course vampires! And be sure to enter on Angie’s blog for a chance to win a free ebook! While you’re there, check out her fun posts!

http://www.lariatsandlavender.com/2012/06/interview-and-giveaway-with-joleene.html

Check out the rest of the schedule for more chances to win:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/my-first-blog-tour/

Thanks for stopping by and helping to make my first tour a success!

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