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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Kariss now on Smashwords!

The eleventh Vampire Morsel, Kariss, is now available as a free read on Smashwords.com.

Short Story. Not a children’s story. The eleventh in a collection about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. Told in flashbacks between 1784 and 1820, Kariss must come to terms with her owm immortality and her mother’s death. You can also find Kariss in the novel legacy of Ghosts. 

It’s been approval for the extended distribution, so should soon filter through to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.  

Meanwhile, if you haven;t yet, you can either read the other ten stories free on Smashwords/Barnes & Noble/etc. OR you can purchase all seventeen for $.99 from Amazon, Smashwords, B&N etc.

And leave a review! Ha ha! 

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!

Special Edition Official Release!

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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!)

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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.`

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

SSW75

Legacy of Ghosts: $2.99 – $1.50

SSW50

Ties of Blood: $2.99$1.50

SSW50

Ashes of Deceit$2.99$1.50

SSW50

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!

Jesslynn now on Smashwords!

The tenth Vampire Morsel, Jesslynn, is now available as a free read on Smashwords.com.

Short Story. Not for children. Part of a collection called Vampire Morsels about vampires from the Amaranthine universe. When Jesslynn’s baby gets sick, she sees only way to save him; by discovering whatever dark ritual keeps their neighbor, Jorick, healthy and eternally young. She gets more than she bargained for. 

It’s still pending approval for the extended distribution, but once it is approved it will filter through to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.  Ashes of Deceit got approved quickly, so hopefully only a couple of weeks.

This is the last freebie I will post for awhile because later this month I will publish the Vampire Morsels collection featuring all seventeen stories in one book.  And, yes, I am going to charge for it, which means Amazon will finally get the Morsels. 😉

 

COMING SOON!

Herrick now on Smashwords!

The ninth Vampire Morsel, Herrick, is now available as a free read on Smashwords.com.

Short Story. Not for children. Part of a collection called Vampire Morsels about vampires from the Amaranthine universe. Takes place during Shades of Gray (the full length novel also by Joleene Naylor). Herrick’s unrequited love for the mortal Caroline has left him on the fence. Should he take his friend’s advice and reveal the truth to her? When tragedy strikes, his mind is made up for him.

It’s still pending approval for the extended distribution, but once it is approved it will filter through to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.  Oddly, Elsa is STILL pending review, too. 

Jesslynn will be next up on Smashwords, I need to have it proof read and get the cover done, and I am hopefully going to write Nirel this week. I know, promises, promises.

Elsa now on Smashwords!

The eighth Vampire Morsel, Elsa, is now available as a free read on Smashwords.com.

Short Story. Not for children. The eighth in a collection called Vampire Morsels about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. Twenty year old Elsa is devastated when her “true love” remorselessly skips town. When she sets off after him, she finds more than she bargained for. You can also find Claudius in Shades of Gray by Joleene Naylor. 

It’s still pending approval for the extended distribution, but once it is approved it will filter through to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.  

You might notice the “Not suitable for children” tag. Yeah. I checked out my Barnes & Noble reviews today and for some reason several of them are complaining that these are not children’s stories. I’m not sure why anyone would think they were. I have also added “Not suitable for tweens” to my smashwords descriptions for the series because there are several posts asking about this (which is odd because I don’t see a way to reply to the questions). The simple answer is “NO! these are not tween books!” However, I have to admit if I had a tween and they really wanted to read it I’d let them, but then I was raised in a liberal household 😉

I am working on Kateesha’s story right now and hopefully will have it done and posted in the next couple of days. 

Bethina on Smashwords

The sixth Vampire Morsel is now up on Smashwords as a free read! 

Short Story. The sixth in a collection about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. The year is 1947. With her tuberculosis getting worse, Bethina’s only future is to languish in a TB San. Then the mysterious family she works for offers her a full time position, one that will change her life forever. You can also find Bethina in the novel Shades of Gray.

Claudius will be next on Smashwords, as soon as I get a chance to do some editing, and a rough draft of Jesslynn will be coming to this blog sometime. I am hoping later this week, but  I make no promises.

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