Holiday Wish List Blog Hop

Katelina here. Glitterary Girl is hosting the Holiday Wishlist Blog Hop, with plenty of holiday giveaways, and you know Jo can’t resist a good blog hop and giveaway! Sadly, though, she’s busy working on book 6, Children of Shadow, and getting us into all sorts of trouble, so she left me, the protagonist in the Amaranthine series, to come up with a blog post.

Yes, she’s that kind of lazy author.

My holiday wishlist would be a simple one:

I’d like a Christmas Tree that isn’t dripping with gore (long story there), a cup of egg nog,  a nicely wrapped present from my boyfriend Jorick (vampires are capable of shopping too, after all. Wouldn’t hurt him), and a nice, long vacation on a tropical island. After submitting my requests to my author, she has graciously, sort of, granted one of those. of course, she has to let Verchiel come along, so I don’t know how much of a vacation it really is.

See for yourself what I mean:

Katelina slipped from bed and tiptoed out of the large, airy bedroom in search of a bathroom. It wouldn’t be long before the sun was up. Already the sky beyond outside had a thin, colorless quality along the horizon. Soon all the protective plates would be in place to block the burning sunlight and protect the house’s occupants. Through the windows she could already see some of the island’s occupants struggling to put them in place.

When she was finished, she slipped through one of the corridor doors to a broad balcony. The last of the night breezes blew her long hair back from her face and tried to tell her stories of others who’d stood on the sandy beaches and bathed in the surf.

She surveyed the lush lawn below and traced the line of palm trees that marched down to the beach. The whole place was almost too perfect.

“That’s why it’s expensive,” a voice volunteered from the shadows. Katelina turned to see Verchiel step out onto the balcony. Dressed in a t-shirt and a pair of baggy shorts, his ridiculous red hair was wet and the faint smell of soap wafted from him. He stopped next to her and leaned on the railing. Like she had, he scanned the beach scene, and something strange passed across his face.

“What?” she asked.

“It just seems… I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been here before.” He shrugged and stepped back, his usual smile plastered on his face. He nodded towards the humans hurriedly fastening up the last of the metal plates. “The sun will be up soon, and since I don’t fancy a third degree sunburn I’ll leave you to it.”

He started back for the door and Katelina asked absently, “Don’t you miss it? The sunrise, I mean.”

“Nah. I’ve already told you I don’t remember anything from before Kateesha turned me, including sunrises. Besides, I have a rather snazzy tropical sunrise calendar in my apartment back at the Citadel, so I can see one every day if I want.” He gave her a wink. “Don’t stay out too late or Jorick will worry.”

And then he disappeared.

And now for the giveaway! One lucky commenter will win a copy of the 2014 Sunrise calender, so just like Verchiel you can look at the sunrise anytime you want.


The calender! (Yes, that IS a homemade Jorick ornament to the right. I got creative with sculpy)

To enter: Leave a comment below telling me what YOU want for the holidays. I will use on December 21st (or thereabouts) to choose a winner. winner will be contacted via email or facebook so PLEASE leave your contact info in you comment or email it to me (Joleene at JoleeneNaylor dot com) or your entry is ineligible. It’s too hard for me to chase people down.


Standard disclaimers apply: I’m not being compensated for this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Open to international residents where permitted by applicable law.

Be sure to check out the hop and the other participants in this blog hop and enter their great giveaways, too! You can click the image below for the Linky List:

And also be sure to enter at Gliterary Girl’s page for a chance to win: A Book Bag Filled With Swag and Books (Some autographed), A Gliterary Girl Media Holiday Book Sampler, Your Choice of Two of the Books Within the Sampler, $25 Gift Card, and a GGM Personalized Notepad

Happy Holidays!!

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 – – 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!


Legacy of Ghosts Contest!

With the upcoming release of Legacy of Ghosts, book 2 in the Amaranthine series,  it’s time for a contest!

The Prizes:

Two winners, chosen by random drawing, will each win an autographed, paperback copy of Legacy of Ghosts.  One winner,  chosen by random drawing from the bonus contest entries, will receive, the Amaranthine pack: an autographed paperback copy of Shades of Gray and an autographed, paperback copy of Legacy of Ghosts.

The Technical Details:

The contest starts Friday, September 24th, 2010, and lasts until October 8th, 2010 at 11:59 pm.

You can answer all eight questions (If applicable – you’ll see what I mean) and there is no limit to the number of times you can enter the bonus contest.

Please include your name and email address with each entry.  If you prefer not to share your email address publicly, then please note so in the comment, and send the address to

To make it easier for me to count the entries, please answer only one question per comment.

Bonus contest entries can be emailed to OR you can post links in the comments below.  It may take up to 24 hours for me to comment or mail you back with confirmation, so don’t panic. If you send an email and don’t hear from me in 48 hours, please email again, as cyberspace has probably eaten it.

Yes, the more entries you have, the greater your chance of winning, as the winning names will be drawn from a hat (or a bowl, or something like that). Yeah, I could use, but where’s the fun in that?

The official drawing will be filmed and uploaded to YouTube, then posted on this blog, my MySpace and Blogger blogs on October 10th, 2010. Winners will be notified at the email address they provided, no later than the 12th of October, 2010, and will need to then send me a mailing address. I will send a second email to the winners when the prizes have been mailed.

The Contest:

Answer one (or more) of the following questions in a comment. Please, only one answer per comment, and leave your name and email address. If you prefer not to share your email address publicly, then please note so in the comment, and send the address to

1. If Shades of Gray was made into a movie, who would you choose to star in it?

2. If you could pick one character  from the Amaranthine series to hang out with who would it be?

3. If you could pick one character to “kill off” in Legacy of Ghosts, who would it be?

4.  If you haven’t read Shades of Gray, why not? If it was a free eBook, would you?

5. The great debate: Which do you prefer, paperback books, or books that you can read on a device (Kindle/Nook/etc) or books you can read on the computer (PDF/etc)?

6.  If given the chance to become a vampire, would you? Why or why not?

7. Who’s cooler? Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, or Bat Boy?

8. If you see a free, or cheap,  eBook do you think “Cool! Cheap!” or do you think, “That must not be any good if it’s free!”?

Bonus Contest:

To enter the bonus contest, all you have to do is pimp out the contest, the book, the blog, or the website. This includes posting a banner on your website, MySpace profiles or blogs, forum signatures, etc, or making forum posts, twitter posts, facebook links, blogging, or painting the url on a t-shirt and wearing it the grocery store (okay, I don’t think that one’s going to catch on!) or anything else you can think of. You can even use the handy “Share” buttons on the bottom of this blog (You still need to let me know you’ve done it, though!)

If you’d like, you can find tags, banners and “animated bites” on the Help Spread the Word page.

But wait. What if you’ve done some pimping in the past, or you already have a Shades of Gray banner posted? Well, it counts! That’s right, it doesn’t matter if it was a week ago, or a year ago, it can count as an entry!

To enter the bonus contest, just send me a link or a screen capture of the “pimp”.

Links can be mailed to or posted in a comment below. Each unique link is worth one entry, and you can include as many links per mail/comment as you want.

Screen Capture images should be sent to, either inline or as an attachment.

To make a screen capture:

1. open the page in your browser.

2. on your keyboard press the Print Screen button. It may be abbreviated as Prt Sc, Prnt Scr, etc. Or you may need to hold the function key at the same time (My laptop is this way).

3. open an image editing program (Paintbrush will work) and choose Paste or Paste as New Image from the edit menu.

4. go to File > Save, and save your image. A JPG is best, but any image type will work.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments, or mail me, and I will do my best to answer them.

I’m looking forward to your entries!

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