The New Cover is Here!

At last, the new cover for Shades of Gray is here!

Yes, that’s Katelina. I know Jorick used to be on it, but he got booted in favor of the main character.  Any guesses who will be on book 2?

What do you think? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Want an autographed paperback copy? If so message me, otherwise leave your thoughts in the comments!

(It may take a few days for all retailers to update the listing with the new cover, so if you don’t see it yet, it’s coming!)

Paperback | Amazon Kindle | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Kobo

Also, check out the new Collector’s Edition cover (only available in paperback)

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Look for the new Legacy of Ghosts cover on March 17th!

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One Week Left Until the Collector Cover Retires Forever!

After March 1st, the Shades of Gray hand drawn collector cover will be gone forever.

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If you need/want a copy with the hand drawn covers, you can get a copy direct from Amazon (for $7.50 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 $11.50 total)*

Time is almost up. Get your copy today before it is gone, gone, gone!

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

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The New Cover is Coming…

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Look for the new cover reveal right here on March 17, 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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Shades of Gray Second Edition

SoG thumbIt’s officially uploaded and available at Smashwords (and will follow elsewhere as other retailers catch up)! No, not a new book, just the second edition of Shades of Gray.

Say what?

I’ll let the second edition notes speak for themselves:

I hate authors who rewrite their books, don’t you? That’s a little bit of ironic sarcasm, since I’ve done just that, though this isn’t a complete re-write. The original goal was to add some information and (hopefully) clear up some questions, but once I started I tidied up a few conversations, cut some words here, added some words there, and, well, now it’s a second edition. For the most part it’s the same; the same things happen in the same places (sorry, the scene at Claudius’ is what it is), the same people die, and Senya still smirks evilly. But in some instances what the characters say has changed. I’ve tried to make a couple of incidents more obvious, for instance how Katelina is able to recover after Claudius’ lair and why Troy does what he does, and updated Katelina’s answering machine (who has those nowadays?). If, in the process, I ended up chopping out a couple thousand words, know that they must have been superfluous and that you’re not missing anything. It just means you can get to book two faster, and that’s always a good thing. Right?

Do you need to rush out and get it? Probably not, but if you want it and you purchased it via Smashwords you can redownload it for free. I’m going to mail Amazon to see if I can get them to do the same for the kindle customers, but I don’t know how to do that for Barnes and Noble or anyone else. If you do, by all means leave me some directions in a comment.

And there’s still a couple days to enter the raven giveaway for your chance to win a fluffy, decorative raven just in time for Halloween.

And speaking of ravens, if you haven’t gotten a copy of Heart of the Raven yet, then look for October’s $.99 Halloween special sale and grab a copy.

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Shades of Gray on You Gotta Read

The lovely folks at You Gotta Read were kind enough to post a review of Shades of Gray.3 Want To Read

“..Jorick is an atypical badass, who shares little and kicks much ass. Katelina is a bit of a dingbat, but at least she’s brave. The two have great chemistry, and I love their evolving relationship. It is nice that they don’t just fall in bed together, and even after they do, Katelina is still working out her feelings for he late boyfriend…”

To read the rest of the review check out the post on their page.

A big thank you to them, and to you for stopping by!

Voting has Commenced

…at the You Gotta Read book trailer contest! There are a lot of good entries, including DM Yates’ trailer for Always (#2) and one which may be familiar to you called Shades of Gray (ironically #3). They could both use a vote if you have a chance (though I believe you can only vote once per ISP address, which screws over people who share internet like me and hubby) so choose wisely. Of course, there are also 18 other great trailers for you to choose from.

Voting ends the 27th, so if you get a chance stop in!

 

 

A Shades of Gray Review & More Celebrity Vampire Fun

I hate people who post blog after blog of links to their amazing reviews, but at the same time I want to say a big public thank you to Amanda of Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog for taking the time to read and review Shades of Gray. It really means a lot!

So, to give this post a little more bite, I thought I’d share something funny I ran into the other day. You may remember the publicity surrounding the alleged proof of  Nicolas Cage’s vampire-ness? Did you know John Travolta is one, too?

Okay, so you may have seen this already, as it similarly appeared on ebay around the same time as Nicolas’ supposed photo, but I thought it was still fun, anyway!

And as a special bonus link, for all you authors out there, check out Donna Yates post full of tips for your book release!

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Experimental Legacy of Ghosts Cover

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For book two I swapped out the heavy pink/red color of the original cover for a simple blue because, though there is some heavy romance moments, the main challenge in the story is the characters’ regret and how to deal with that. This also contributes to the choice of the graveyard motif, which not only conveys the regret and lost moments, but also gives it a gothy, vampire-ish tone. Plus it looks cool.

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Experimental Shades of Gray Cover

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It was supposed to stay red like the original cover, but it turned kind of orangey, but I liked it, so I left it. As for design elements, since the first book does have a heavier romance element it got a hunky hero silhouette. I could give you a lot of crap about the symbolism of the tree, but really I just like trees. Plus they look cool.

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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!

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