Spring Forward Blog Hop

It may be spring for you – finally – but for me it’s still winter.

My name is Katelina and I am the main character in Joleene Naylor’s Amaranthine vampire series. Joleene had this really boring post planned about celebrating her newest book, Heart of the Raven, and blathering on about the parallels of springtime renewal and her new book covers… trust me, it was dreadful. Who wants to read that kind of crap? So I stepped in to save all of us.

You’re welcome.

Since this is a Hop sponsored by Gliterary Girl Media Group, who happens to be giving away not only gift certificates for their lovely graphic services, but also a fantastic makeup basket, I thought I’d take a moment to get girly. Following after my vampire lover, fighting monsters, hiding out in dark cellars and occasionally becoming a mobile snack can really take it out of a girl, and doesn’t leave a lot of time for pampering. But, there’s one cosmetic I have to have, and that’s my nail polish. Something about that sharp, chemical smell just makes all the weirdness in the world – the blood, fire, and nightmares – fade away and as I paint the bright colors over each nail, it’s like I am painting over all the horribleness with a shiny new coat of promise.

I want to share that joy with one lucky commenter! And since I’ve been painting my nails for five books now, we’re giving away not one bottle, but five in what my author likes to call “Amaranthine colors”.


Leave a comment below with either your email address or a facebook profile link (that accepts messages) to be eligible to win the nail polish grab bag. Winner will be chosen on or around April 7th and notified by mail or FB message. They will then need to provide a mailing address that we can send their prize to.

If you’d like to know more about the Amaranthine books, check out the links in the banner above this post where you can read sample chapters, watch book trailers and more. You can even read the mini prologues for the latest book.

Please be sure to stop by the Gliterary Girl blog and to also check out the other participating blogs in this hop (by clicking the linky link below next to the adorable little frog) for your chance to win other great prizes!

Thanks for stopping in and have a great spring! (Meanwhile, I’ll keep muddling through vampire winter!)


Leave a Question for the New Character!

new characterUnless disaster strikes, Heart of the Raven will officially be released 3-13-13 (March 13, 2013), and for the upcoming blog hop I thought it might be fun to introduce you to one of the new characters. I started the blog, but when it came time for her to tell you about herself, well, we didn’t know what to say. What do YOU want to know? Leave your questions in the comments before February 10th and we’ll do our best to answer them in the I *heart* books blog coming up February 11th. You’ll also have a chance to win a super Valentine prize basket, including some yummy treats imported from Japan.

So leave your questions below, and if you have some extra time, stop by Beth Muscat’s blog and check out the super review she wrote for Legacy Of Ghost

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The I <3 Books Blog Hop – Presented by The Ink Slingers League

Welcome to the I *heart* Books Valentine Blog Hop!

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To visit participating blogs click the links below:

  1. Joleene Naylor
  2.  DM Yates
  3. Roger Lawrence
  4. Tricia Drammeh
  5. J. Lee Coulter
  6. Marquita Herald
  7. Maegan Provan
  8.  Victoria Barrow
  9.  Jennifer Priester
  10. aobibliophile™ @aobiblioclassique™
  11. Ama Badu
  12.  Karla Telega
  13. Beth Muscat
  14. Raven West
  15. Victoria A. Jeffrey
  16. Gliterary Girl
  17. Kate – Books, Crafts & Pretty Things Blog
  18. Vicki Hudson
  19. Samantha Fury
  20.  Leslie Matthews Stansfield
  21. Lindsey J Parsons
  22.  Kay Kauffman

Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I’m honored to be chosen to be part of this blog hop, and I’d like to thank Ron Voigts  for tagging me to participate. This gives us all a chance to view new releases from authors we admire, as well as introduce us to some works in progress.

Ten Interview Questions for “The Next Big Thing” are as follows:

What is the working title of your book?

Heart of the Raven, named after the mythological heart of Lilith, who is the mother of the vampires. Or, at least it’s a mythological object in my Amaranthine universe. The truth is, I only invented the heart as an object because I wanted to use it as a future book title.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s the fifth book in the Amaranthine series, so many of the plot ideas have been percolating for awhile. I wanted to send my vampires overseas because most vampire series do at some point. Usually vampires go to Europe and, while they do have to go to Germany, I wanted them to do something unusual after that. Originally I’d planned Mexico, but Twilight used it so heavily that I chose another country. The problem was to figure out WHY they’d go there. And then I saw a documentary a year ago and it all fell into place. Well, with a lot of research.

What genre does your book fall under?

Paranormal. If given no other choice I’d say Paranormal Romance because it has some hawt vampires in it and of course Katelina and Jorick’s romance. Oh, and a couple of sex scenes. There hasn’t been much killing thus far. By chapter ten the body count is only two vampires and *maybe* a couple of human port patrol officers. (It’s a bit ambiguous what happened to them in this draft.)

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

That’s a tough one. Jonathan Harvey once did a casting call for the series, and he did a pretty good job. I agree with most of his choices, except Patrick, and Jorick. I really don’t know who would play them.  Verchiel could be played by any number of smexy Japanese actors, though I lean towards Hideaki Takizawa.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Katelina and Jorick land in international hot water while trying to recover a legendary artifact, said to make its owner invincible.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self pubbed because I like being self pubbed.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m setting this post up in advance, and right now I am still working on it. Work keeps getting in the way.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

If I say I don’t know, is that a bad thing? I can tell you some books it is NOT like. Twilight, for instance.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The series must go on. Mainly it’s the so-called apocalypse that has spurned me to hurry up, though. I know, I know. It’s superstitious and silly, but I’d like to have it done before December 21st just in case. Not that it’s going to be a conclusion, but it’s the last book where I have any events planned. Book six is going to be as surprising for me as for the readers.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Rather that giving you a sales pitch, I’ll let the book speak for itself. I’ve posted several UNEDITED snippets of Heart of the Raven for your reading enjoyment, so if you want to see sex, violence, and a vampire in a bath tub, check them out!

Last but not least, here are the authors I’ve tagged.  They will post their blog on November 14th, so be sure to check them out or you can always stop by in the meantime.

Steve Evans

Sharon Stouter

LC Cooper

Lindsay Downs


Feelin’ Lucky Blog Hop Giveaway

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Welcome to the Feelin’ Lucky Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Smell Sheep and Fictional Candy! It lasts March 7-13th, so you have plenty of time to check out the other blogs. Because I’m on wordpress you’ll have to click the Linky link at the bottom of this blog to be taken to the list of participating blogs.


It’s a blog hop. Thus called because people “hop” from one blog to another. And it’s all green for St. Patrick’s day. Get it? Feelin’ Lucky-

“I get it. I’ve just never seen you do a hop before, Jo.”

Well, this is my first hop, so be gentle 😉

So are you feelin’ lucky? Is the luck of the Irish with you? Three winners will receive a free copy of one of the Amaranathine book of their choice, downloaded from Smashwords. (You can get any format you choose there: mobi, epub, pdf, even a text file!).

“But it’s a series, Jo! Why the choice?”

I dunno. Because choices are fun. Besides, What if someone read the first book already, but never made it back to the others. Why would they want to win it over again?

And now if the peanut gallery is done asking questions, it’s time for you to enter to win! Just leave your name, contact info and the book of your choice in the comments below. Random.org will choose three lucky winners on the 14th and I will mail the winners with links and a coupon code.

And now for the books:

Book 1: Shades of Gray

Hunted by a coven of vampires, Katelina has only one person she can trust: Jorick. But when her knight in shining armor turns out to be one of the monsters she has to examine her perceptions of good and evil to survive.

Book 2: Legacy of Ghosts

After the events of Shades of Gray, Katelina and Jorick seek peace but it’s hard to come by. Kateesha plans to fight the same battle as Jorick’s fledgling, but a common enemy isn’t enough to overcome past betrayals. Drawn into a deathly conflict, Jorick and Katelina must learn to overcome old regrets, or risk loosing their future to the ghosts of their past.

Book 3: Ties of Blood

With Kateesha dead, it’s time to face the consequences. On a trip home they meet Verchiel, a too friendly vampire, then the police arrest Jorick. They barely get away when Katelina is taken to face Malick, the head of The Guild. Will Jorick get there in time? Who is the terrifying vampire she saw in the woods, and why won’t Verchiel go away?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, may the luck ‘o the Irish be with you and go check out those other blogs!!

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