Children of Shadows Blog Tour

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The release of Children of Shadows is drawing closer and so is the start of the blog tour!

What’s a blog tour? It’s where bloggers are kind enough to host me on their blog for the day. There might me an interview, an excerpt of the book, a guest post, a character interview, or something all together strange. And what blog tour would be complete without a giveaway? Enter at each blog for a chance to win one of three prize sets:

1st prize: Amaranthine t-shirt (size is winner’s choice), set of bookmarks, and $20 gift card for Barnes and Noble or Amazon (winner’s choice).

2nd prize: Amaranthine t-shirt (size is winner’s choice), bookmark set

3rd prize: The last Executioner trading card set

  1. March 15: I Smell Sheep – Movie Night Party
  2. March 16: Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog – Review
  3. March 16Lariats and Lavender – Vampire Fashion
  4. March 17: Authors to Watch – Excerpt
  5. March 18: Jissilly’s Amazing Blog – Vampire Humor
  6. March 19: Dawn Colclasure’s Blog – Author Interview and Excerpt
  7. March 21:  You Gotta Read – Author Interview
  8. March 22: DMYates Believe in Yourself – Book Review
  9. March 23: Stephannie Beman – Excerpt
  10. March 23Midnight Musings with Bertena – Why Vampires Prefer Human Blood
  11. March 24: Emily Guido – Interview with Verchiel
  12. March 25Paranormal & Romance author Juli D. Revezzo – Author Interview
  13. March 26Sandra Ulbrich Almazan – Excerpt
  14. March 27: Taking Time for Mommy – Excerpt
  15. March 28Top Shelf Books – The Woes of the Pantster
  16. March 29: The Open Vein – 5 Questions
  17. March 30: Creative Barbed Wire – A Conversation with Jorick
  18. March 31: Suddenly They All Died – Writing Paranormal
  19. April 1Choose Your Own Erotic Adventures – Character Interview
  20. April 2: Donna Augustine – Character Interview
  21. April 3: The Thursday Interview – Author Interview
  22. April 4: Author Amy McGuire’s Blog – Night Photography
  23. April 5: Musings: Jay Faulkner – Book Blast

Hope to see you there!

P.S. Don’t forget to grab your copy of Children of Shadows! signature for white

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Winner is responsible for providing a mailing address for the prizes and/or an email address for the gift card. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Joleene Naylor. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Joleene (at) joleenenaylor (dot) com

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 *heart* Books Blog Hop

valentine maekoPlease allow me to introduce myself! My name is Maeko Tsukino, and I would like to welcome to our entry for the I *heart* books blog hop. The hop is sponsored by the Ink Slingers’ League, a group of authors who hang out in google groups and share promotion ideas, small excerpts for critique and amusing banter. Please check out the other blogs involved in the hop for chances to win cool prizes and find new authors.

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As you have probably guessed, I am a new character in the Amaranthine series. Though we’ll meet officially in Heart of the Raven, the fifth book in the series, which will be officially released March 13, 2013, my author thought it would be fun to introduce me early. My author posted and asked what you’d like to know, so here are the answers:

How did you become entangled with Jorick and friends?

This is a tricky question for me to answer. I knew one of them a long time ago.

Are you ever saddened that you were turned?

I am not saddened by it anymore. perhaps I was at first, when I fully understood what it meant, but I have since come to accept it.

What’s your name?

In the United States you would say it is Maeko Tsukino

Are you good or evil?

Does anyone believe that they are evil? I would guess that Nordin-san means “Does Jorick-ue and Kate-chan consider you good or evil” and I would hope that they think I am good.

I hope this has answered some of your questions! Now for a Valentine’s prize.

Enter to win this Valentine prize basket (including everything you need for a romantic day with your books: a goblet for your favorite drink, a candle to set the mood, my favorite pocky sticks and a cuddly friend) by leaving your email address in a comment below. My author will use Random.org to choose the winner on February 17th, 2013. The winner will be notified by email and will need to provide a mailing address. Should the winner regrettably be allergic to the Red 40 in the pocky sticks, a chocolate variety will be substituted.

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Thanks so much for stopping by. It was wonderful to meet you. Please be sure to visit the other great blogs in the I *heart* ebooks hop. Click the link below for the full list!



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Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Ten

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the Amaranthine series I am hosting ten days of giveaways on this blog! Each day from, May 22 – 31, I will post a tiny excerpt of the fourth book and a prize. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address on the blog and you will be automatically entered to win the prize being given away in that blog post! (yes, that means to enter for all ten prizes you have to comment on each of the ten blogs.) If you’re not comfortable leaving your address in a comment, please email it to m at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor.com and be sure to let me know which blog you’re entering for.  Random.org will pick the winners on June 4th. I will contact the winners for your mailing address and send the prizes shortly after.

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Day Ten:

Jorick stopped suddenly and picked something up from the bed. “What’s this?”

“What’s what?”

He slowly unfolded his clenched fingers to reveal the silver cross; Velnya’s cross. “Where did you get this?”

She snatched it away from him and dropped her eyes, her cheeks pink. “I found it in the fireplace.”

“Why didn’t you leave it there? If you want jewelry I’ll get you some. Now, give me that and I’ll throw it away.” Though his words were casual, something in his eyes made Katelina’s chest twist painfully.

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One lucky winners will get a “silver*” cross on a length of ribbon, all in a snazzy gift box:

Snazzy gift box

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The ribbon is long enough that the winner can adjust it to desired length.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by! This is the last giveaway, and winners for all ten will be drawn June 4th, so if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the other Ten Days of Giveaways blogs!

If you were Katelina, would you keep the cross, or throw it away? (I’ll share the most interesting answers(s) on facebook.)

*not REAL silver. Just silver colored. 😉

Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Nine

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the Amaranthine series I am hosting ten days of giveaways on this blog! Each day from, May 22 – 31, I will post a tiny excerpt of the fourth book and a prize. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address on the blog and you will be automatically entered to win the prize being given away in that blog post! (yes, that means to enter for all ten prizes you have to comment on each of the ten blogs.) If you’re not comfortable leaving your address in a comment, please email it to m at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor.com and be sure to let me know which blog you’re entering for.  Random.org will pick the winners on June 4th. I will contact the winners for your mailing address and send the prizes shortly after.

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Day Nine:

A lonely engine sounded in the distance, growing louder as it drew closer. They exchanged semi-curious glances that turned to concern when a sleek black car tore into the driveway. It slid to a halt and the doors popped open. Three figures emerged, each in long black coats that made Katelina cringe. The leader was a woman with dark, bobbed hair. Though she couldn’t see the specific facial features, Katelina knew what they looked like.

Loren stiffened beside her, warily alert. “Is it…”

“Executioners,” she whispered back. “That’s Senya, the one from-”

“Yeah. I recognize the bitch now. She was at a battle we had with Kateesha’s coven.”

Katelina nodded. “I think the big guy with her is Zuri. He was here with Beldren a couple days ago, investigating a murder. I don’t know who the black guy is.”

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Three lucky winners will each get one (1)set of 16 Executioner cards. 

The whole set. Includes the current Executioners and two who have retired.

Each card has a front and a back

The set includes the current Executioners, plus two who have retired.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another fun giveaway, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the other Ten Days of Giveaways blogs!

Who is your favorite/least favorite Executioner? (I’ll share the most interesting answers(s) on facebook.)

Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Eight

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the Amaranthine series I am hosting ten days of giveaways on this blog! Each day from, May 22 – 31, I will post a tiny excerpt of the fourth book and a prize. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address on the blog and you will be automatically entered to win the prize being given away in that blog post! (yes, that means to enter for all ten prizes you have to comment on each of the ten blogs.) If you’re not comfortable leaving your address in a comment, please email it to m at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor.com and be sure to let me know which blog you’re entering for.  Random.org will pick the winners on June 4th. I will contact the winners for your mailing address and send the prizes shortly after.

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Day Eight:

Anya backhanded Yaul and swung at Alex. Her fist slammed into his gut and knocked him back into Fabian. They fell to the floor in a tangle. Fabian’s opponent took the opportunity to jam a sharp knife into his side. Fabian gave a cry and kicked his opponent’s legs out from under him. He crashed to the floor, and Alex grabbed him in a head lock.

“He’s mine,” Fabian snarled. Something in his eyes made Katelina think of a rabid dog. Alex backed away as Fabian wrested the enemy from his grip and clamped his mouth around a pulsing vein in his neck. The vampire shrieked. He threw the knife away and used his hands to pry Fabian loose.

Anya slammed Yaul into the wall. She snapped at his neck, but he jerked away and her fangs tore into his cheek instead. Kale lunged at Anya, but Des tackled him to the floor. They struggled and Kale landed a blow that knocked the dark vampire’s head back. Kale made it to his feet and Des was right after him. Katelina’s eyes snapped to Jorick in time to see him discard a broken armed vampire. He met her eyes briefly, as if to say everything was all right.

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Two lucky winners will each get one (1) “Vampires and Glitter Don’t Mix” T-shirt Transfer. 

Put it on a t-shirt, a tote bag, a jacket – anything you want! All you need is an iron and an imagination. Directions are included.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another fun giveaway, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the other Ten Days of Giveaways blogs!

Who do you think is the meanest vampire? (Can be from any series.) (I’ll share the most interesting answers(s) on facebook.)

Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Seven

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the Amaranthine series I am hosting ten days of giveaways on this blog! Each day from, May 22 – 31, I will post a tiny excerpt of the fourth book and a prize. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address on the blog and you will be automatically entered to win the prize being given away in that blog post! (yes, that means to enter for all ten prizes you have to comment on each of the ten blogs.) If you’re not comfortable leaving your address in a comment, please email it to m at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor.com and be sure to let me know which blog you’re entering for.  Random.org will pick the winners on June 4th. I will contact the winners for your mailing address and send the prizes shortly after.

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Day Seven:

They looked to see Saeed in the doorway. He shifted his muscled bulk from one foot to the other. “We have extended our protection to this human.”

Joseff jerked away and roared, “Maybe you have, but I haven’t! What is wrong with all of you? You had no love for Claudius, but she killed your Mistress! And her master killed your brother! How can you forget that?”

“I haven’t forgotten,” Saeed answered with no emotion.

“Then how can you shelter her? Am I the only sane one left?” A strange smile twisted across his face. “The stupid human is the only one who makes any damned sense around here! At least she knows to hate us as much as we hate her!”

“You are the only one who hates,” Saeed said quietly. “And it will consume you.”

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Three lucky winners will each get one large vinyl sticker. Stick them on your door, your laptop, or your secret lab. 

Good luck and thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another fun giveaway, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the other Ten Days of Giveaways blogs!

Who do you think really IS the only sane vampire? (I’ll share the most interesting answers(s) on facebook.)

Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Six

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the Amaranthine series I am hosting ten days of giveaways on this blog! Each day from, May 22 – 31, I will post a tiny excerpt of the fourth book and a prize. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address on the blog and you will be automatically entered to win the prize being given away in that blog post! (yes, that means to enter for all ten prizes you have to comment on each of the ten blogs.) If you’re not comfortable leaving your address in a comment, please email it to m at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor.com and be sure to let me know which blog you’re entering for.  Random.org will pick the winners on June 4th. I will contact the winners for your mailing address and send the prizes shortly after.

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Day Six:

[Micah said] “Oh fuck, not another speech about the virtues of your Executioner buddy! I’m startin’ to agree with Jorick about that shit. If you think that those two haven’t killed humans then you’re living in a dream world.”

In her mind’s eye Katelina saw Jorick at the institute, holding the dead cop. “That’s different! It was self defense.”

Micah cocked an eyebrow. “Right. Puny humans pose a real threat. Look, we needed blood. I don’t know if you’ve hung out with hungry vampires before, but let me tell ya’ how it works. First you get hungry, then that turns into this gnawin’ pain in your gut. Ya keep waitin’ and it starts to hurt elsewhere; your fingers, your toes, then your hands, your feet – you get the picture? The longer it goes, the worse it gets. Pretty soon it’s like those castaway cartoons where your buddies start to look like a big slab of ham.  And since we’re traveling with a big slab of ham, it’s to your advantage we feed on someone else, get it?”

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Two lucky winners will each get one (1) “Got Blood?” T-shirt Transfer. 

Put it on a t-shirt, a tote bag, a jacket – anything you want! All you need is an iron and an imagination. Directions are included.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another fun giveaway, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the other Ten Days of Giveaways blogs!

If you were a vampire, who or what would you drink from? (I’ll share the most interesting answers(s) on facebook.)

Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Five

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the Amaranthine series I am hosting ten days of giveaways on this blog! Each day from, May 22 – 31, I will post a tiny excerpt of the fourth book and a prize. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address on the blog and you will be automatically entered to win the prize being given away in that blog post! (yes, that means to enter for all ten prizes you have to comment on each of the ten blogs.) If you’re not comfortable leaving your address in a comment, please email it to m at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor.com and be sure to let me know which blog you’re entering for.  Random.org will pick the winners on June 4th. I will contact the winners for your mailing address and send the prizes shortly after.

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Day Five:

Malick turned to Katelina with an indulgent smile. She couldn’t look away. Without realizing it, she stood and crossed to him. Physically, Malick was barely taller than she was, but his presence overwhelmed her.

He caught her chin with his fingertips and forced her to gaze into his dark, jewel like eyes. Where Jorick’s were like drowning in warm silk, Malick’s were like falling into naked flame. They seared into her consciousness. She whimpered but couldn’t move away.

He rolled over her until she lost all sense of herself or her feelings. The only thing that existed was the master and his flawless features. His skin was like tawny marble and, as if commanded, she touched his face. It was cool and smooth under her fingers. He was inside her mind. Instead of tearing at raw wounds as he had last time, he peered at things visible on the surface while a calming sensation gently cradled her.

When he released her, it was like falling from a vacuum into the real world. Her ears roared with the buzz of blood. She gasped for air, suddenly aware that she’d quit breathing. Her emotions and awareness of herself came rushing back. She saw her hand, still stretched towards him, and dropped it, mortified.

Three lucky winners will each get a set of three(3) bookmarks that include Verchiel, Malick and Torina.

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Good luck and thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another fun giveaway, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the other Ten Days of Giveaways blogs!

If you were Katelina, what memory or thought would you not want Malick to see? (I’ll share the most interesting answers(s) on facebook.)

Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Four

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the Amaranthine series I am hosting ten days of giveaways on this blog! Each day from, May 22 – 31, I will post a tiny excerpt of the fourth book and a prize. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address on the blog and you will be automatically entered to win the prize being given away in that blog post! (yes, that means to enter for all ten prizes you have to comment on each of the ten blogs.) If you’re not comfortable leaving your address in a comment, please email it to m at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor.com and be sure to let me know which blog you’re entering for.  Random.org will pick the winners on June 4th. I will contact the winners for your mailing address and send the prizes shortly after.

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Day Four:

The next evening came too soon. Jorick gave her a soft kiss and left. Katelina stared at the ceiling and willed the day to end. When it didn’t, she got up and started her morning routine.

She’d just finished breakfast when the door opened and Verchiel strolled in. Today’s t-shirt was canary yellow and said “All My Black Clothes are at the Cleaners”.

“Is that another one from the truck stop?”

He dropped into a chair and grinned. “How did you guess? There’s a pink one that says ‘Vampires and Glitter Don’t Mix’ that I have laid out for tomorrow.”

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Two lucky winners will each get one (1) “All My Black Clothes…” T-shirt Transfer. 

Put it on a t-shirt, a tote bag, a jacket – anything you want! All you need is an iron and an imagination. Directions are included.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another fun giveaway, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the other Ten Days of Giveaways blogs!

If you could come up with a catchy slogan for one of Verchiel’s t-shirts, what would it be? (I’ll share the most interesting answers(s) on facebook.)

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