Amaranthine Collector’s Editions

You asked for it! Well, okay, three people asked for it, but three people are three people and never let it be said that I disappointed anyone on purpose.

Ahem. As I was saying, “You asked for it…” The Amaranthine Collector’s Editions are now available in paperback for all seven titles, featuring the original hand drawn covers and random bonus features!

Shades of Gray

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Legacy of Ghosts

2

Ties of Blood

3

Ashes of Deceit

4

Heart of the Raven

5

Children of Shadows

6

Clash of Legends

7

Those of you who love the old style covers rejoice! May there be dancing in the streets! May the wine flow freely! May…what? Overboard? Pshaw! Have YOU ever formatted a paperback book? Okay then. As I was saying, dancing, celebrating, joy and wine and croutons!

Why croutons? Why not?

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Free For Halloween!

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Until November 1st, Heart of the Raven will be free ONLY on Smashwords! To grab your copy just visit Smashwords and enter the promo code YK83M at checkout. Then download your copy in ANY format you prefer: .mobi, .epub, or even a pdf!

Also, in case I don’t get to post it on Friday, Shades of Gray is being featured Friday at The Fussy Librarian. It’s a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 30 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic and send out email notices of books you might like. It’s pretty cool — check it out! www.TheFussyLibrarian.com

In November I will be attempting NaNoWriMo to finish up book 6. I need to put one of those cool widgets in my sidebar.

I think that’s it for news. Have a Happy Halloween, everyone!

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The “Something Old, Something New” Giveaway

As I mentioned in my previous post I’ve been behind, which means I wasn’t able to fully promote the blog tour. That was sad because there were some great hosts and some interesting posts. Thanks to the “forever” nature of the internet, though, it’s never too late to go see something old as if it were new, nor is it too late t giveaway the last pack of Executioner collector cards:

The whole pack – 15 Executioners and one “cover” card:

the whole set

the whole set

The cards are printed on both front and back:

Each card has a front and a back

Each card has a front and a back

Pretty cool, huh? But how can you get your hands on them? It’s easy. Just follow the links below and leave a comment on at least three of the blog posts. You’ll need to comment here and leave me a contact address (either Facebook or your email) and if you want you can tell me where you commented, but you don’t have to. Every comment you leave on an additional blog is an extra entry, so you could actually get up to twenty-two entries by commenting. And if someone says you sent them to this blog in a comment, you get five extra. Oh, and if you’ve already commented on them, say back when the tour was running, then that counts. How easy is that?

Winner will be chosen on June 1, 2013 by Random.org and will be notified by their preferred contact method. If, after two weeks, they haven’t responded a new winner will be chosen. This is open to US and International participants.

And now for that list of eligible blog posts!

Good luck and hope to see you play along!

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The Tour has Started!

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The book tour has started! Enter to win an awesome prize pack that includes a “Got Blood?” T-shirt (your choice of size), a book mark pack,  digital calendar, and ebook set. Ebook and calendar will be emailed while the t-shirt and book marks will be snail mailed. There’s an awesome rafflecopter entry widget on the blog tour home page: http://incandescentenchantments.blogspot.com/2013/04/heart-of-raven-book-tour-schedule.html

While you’re there check out the participating blogs! Today’s posts include an author interview and a book review of Heart of the Raven.

Hope to see you guys there and thanks so much for all you do – your awesomeness keeps me writing 😀

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I’m a Terrible Person…

Donna Yates (author of Always) was kind enough to post a book review of Heart of the Raven no less than SIX days ago and it’s taken me that long to comment on it and post this thank you to her. If you get a chance please stop by her blog and leave her a comment telling her how undeserving I am. *

If that’s not bad enough, Amanda at Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog has very kindly posted a review of the whole series; Shades of Gray, Legacy of Ghosts, Ties of Blood, Ashes of Deceit, and Heart of the Raven! And have I shared links? No!  You should stop by her blogs too, and leave her some comments about her excellent reviews and my poor social skills! **

I also have a blog tour coming up, engineered by Incandescent Enchantments Book Tours  that will run April 29 to May 4 and includes prizes such as:

bookmarks

 

There’s also a free ebook, and a t-shirt, if I recall. That is If I haven’t been clamped in leg irons and had tomatoes thrown at me by then.***

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* Or you could leave comments about what a great blog it is. That would be good, too. No real need to mention my faux pas.

** Or you could just tell her what great reviews she does. I mean, pointing out my lack of social skills might bring the tone of the blog down.

*** I don’t think anyone will REALLY clamp me in REAL leg irons. They can’t find me. Now digital leg irons… those are a possibility.

 

Jorick and The Sheep

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Jorick is visiting the I Smell Sheep blog today to talk about the new book, Heart of the Raven,  and about the plans we have for the next book. I’m sure they’re going to have a lovely time… Hmmm. Maybe I should have written him a script? He does have a habit of getting distracted. Well, not distracted so much as going off on a tangent that usually involves the redheaded idiot and what a bad writer I am and… Oh dear. I don’t think I should have let him go unsupervised. I better get over there and make sure he stays on topic.

Hope to see you there!

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Amanda and I are Talking about Verchiel…

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verchiel (Photo credit: Jo Naylor)

todayI am hanging out with Amanda Masters on her  Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog. She had some great questions for me, including:

Verchiel is a pretty big pain but I think he helped out a lot in Heart of the Raven Do you think he should be forgiven for what he did?

Go see what I said and let me know what you think! Should Katelina and Jorick forgive him?

http://wiccawitch4.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-interview-with-joleene-naylor.html#.UWj8HbVQEeE

The First Review!

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Moon (Photo credit: shahbasharat)

 

Thanks to the lovely Amanda Masters, Heart of the Raven has it’s first blog review! Of course, her kind words left Verchiel crowing, and hard to live with for awhile. That boy is going to get himself into trouble one of these days! But don’t just listen to me blather on, go check out the great post she did! Also be sure to check out her other reviews and author interviews while you’re there, including one for Donna Yate’s Always.

 

http://wiccawitch4.blogspot.ca/2013/04/heart-of-raven-by-joleene-naylor-book-5.html

 

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”.

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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!)

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Jorick & Katelina: Chapter 1 of Heart of the Raven

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An Excerpt of Chapter One from Heart of the Raven:

Katelina stared at the sandwich as though it were an enemy. The limp tomato stared back from between layers of stale bread and suspicious lunchmeat. It was a clash of wills, and sadly the wilted lettuce won.

She tossed the sandwich on the coffee table and leaned back on the couch with a groan. It had been three days since the vampires’ underground Citadel had been attacked and the sixth floor, home to the handful of humans who lived there, had been decimated. Though many repairs had been made, the human amenities were still in shambles. Jorick had done the best he could, but the only available food was several crates of premade sandwiches.

Jorick. Boyfriend. Significant other. No label really fit the vampire but, for better or worse, she was in love with him – and she was supposed to meet him outside the audience chamber in a few minutes.

With a resigned sigh, she ate the limp sandwich in three bites, gave her long blonde hair a final pat, and charged out of the apartment and into the black carpeted corridor of the exclusive Executioners’ block. Like a private building, one had to have a special keycard to get in and out of the living area.

Outside was a public corridor. Largely undamaged, the hallway was bordered by hotel-like doors that gave way to mall style entertainment: a spa, an arcade and a movie theater. Vampires, already bored with the events of two days ago, lounged, and chatted as if it was just another day. Most ignored Katelina as she walked past.

The hair stood up on the back of her neck and Katelina hurried past them. Despite their indifference, any one of them could kill her without a second thought. Or maybe not. After all, she’d killed her share of vampires.

The thought squared her shoulders and she climbed in the elevator with a group of them. In the close quarters her courage waned. Luckily, the trip to the third floor was short. She exited quickly and turned for the audience chamber, a sense of dread in her stomach. She knew Jorick would be there, but it was little comfort. She still remembered the trial that had left Jorick sentenced to work as an Executioner, a member of The Guild’s “police squad”.

That had been Malick’s idea. Just thinking of his name was enough to make Katelina shiver. The former head of The Guild, the last time she’d seen him, he’d marched with his faithful underlings over a carpet of corpses. Worse than the sound of popping bones had been Malick’s face. Serene and gentle, like a loving father, even as he killed those he was supposed to protect.

The huge polished doors of the audience chamber loomed ahead of her, fronted by a gray suited guard, but no Jorick. She was only two minutes late. Surely he hadn’t left?

The guard eyed her with the general disdain most vampires showed. “Can I help you?”

Her first instinct was to ignore him, but she needed information. “I was sent for by Jorick, the Executioner.” It was a twist of the truth, and the title was unnecessary, but she enjoyed the way the guard’s face paled.

“They’re, uh, they’re still in session. I suppose you had better go in.”

It was her turn to falter. The last thing she wanted to do was face the remaining Executioners en masse, but it was that or pull up a bench across the hall and wither under the guard’s annoyingly superior gaze.

With a nod, she motioned to the door.

The guard opened it easily, though it weighed more than she could have moved. She swallowed her nervousness in a lump that tasted like the dried out sandwich, and marched inside.

The room was large and round, ringed by pillars and alcoves with tapestries. A crack in the vaulted ceiling hinted at the three day old battle, but everything else looked as it had the last time she’d been there. A red rug cut up the center of the room, bordered on either side by a haphazard arrangement of tables. A small cluster of chairs had been arranged to form three jagged rows. Vampires in black and silver uniforms, members of the greater guard, sat in them and stared with hopeful interest at the raised dais at the far end of the room.

Five thrones sat on the platform, meant for the members of the High Council. Above them, where the golden eye used to hang, a symbol of Malick’s power, a silver dragon winked and caught the light. No doubt it symbolized the new leadership of The Guild.

Beneath the new artwork sat the master himself, Eileifr, with long, braided blond hair and a bristling beard. Though his Nordic features were composed, the air around him seemed to crackle. Without Malick’s overwhelming presence it was suddenly obvious how terrifying Eileifr really was.

Before the platform was a table, and the remaining nine Executioners sat around it, dressed in black with silver medallions hanging around their necks; the symbol of their office. Katelina recognized them all, but only one held her attention. Jorick read a piece of paper, boredom on his face. His long black hair fell around his shoulders in a cascade of silky darkness and his pale skin gleamed like perfect marble in the light from the chandeliers. As if he sensed her scrutiny, he looked up, surprise in his dark eyes. Katelina met them; blue sky clashing with night. He cocked an eyebrow and then, as if he’d seen the answer in her mind, motioned her to wait out of the way.

He wasn’t the only one to notice her. An Executioner with crayon colored red hair also caught her attention. He offered her a fanged smile and a cheery wave. She gave him a scowl, then purposefully looked away and moved to an empty chair on the other side of the room.

Verchiel. How could he expect her to return his greeting? She and Jorick had fought over her almost-friendship with the crazy redhead, only for her to find out that he wasn’t her friend at all. He was only watching her on Malick’s orders. Why hadn’t Jorick warned her?

He did, her thoughts whispered back. But you didn’t listen.

Surrounded by vampires with various mental abilities, Katelina wasn’t sure if the thought was her own or one of theirs. It didn’t matter. It was right either way.

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