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Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and an Amaranthine Encyclopedia.
In what little time is left she watches anime and updates her blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.
Ramblings from the Darkness at www.JoleeneNaylor.com
You never know what you’ll find in the shadows…..
on March 15, 2014 :
Katelina and Jorick must delay peace and quiet once again. Jorick has promised to help find a captured vampire, and the rescue mission creates additional problems. Once again, Jorick and Katelina find themselves at the Citadel. Jorick's punishment for his crimes shocks everyone. With war looming over them, how will Jorick decide where his loyalties lie? Who will survive the epic battle?
Out of all the Amaranthine books, this one was the most gripping. Each book in the series gets better and better as the author delves deeper into vampire culture, introduces new characters, and illustrates the complex relationships and vendettas between the vampires in this fascinating world. Katelina and Jorick continue to face incredible challenges with each new book, but they always overcome each problem by relying on their fierce love and loyalty to one another.
After reading this series, my perception of modern-day vampires will never be the same. I have renewed faith in the genre and feel so fortunate to have finally found a series that makes me anticipate each new book, or each snippet of the author's works-in-progress as she posts them on her blog. I can honestly say I'm a huge fan of this series and I'm proud to add Joleene Naylor to my list of all-time favorite authors.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Jan. 24, 2013 :
Another instalment in my favorite vampire series - and I'm not a vampire fan, in case you're wondering. My first and last vampires books were the first 3 Ann Rice's books in the late 1990s and I was so NOT impressed that I quit after Queen of the Damned and thought I'd never read another vampire book after those 3. Then comes the new millennium, blogging and Joleene Naylor. Now I'll have to wait for book 5, gah!
Anyway, I still love her humor, her perfect balance of adult themes and gore, and her crazy characters who often take over her blog, so you better follow that as well. Sometimes I feel sorry for Katelina and Jorick - will they ever be free? ;) And what is really going on in Verchiel's head? Only the author will tell...
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Nov. 28, 2012 :
"Ashes of Deceit" -- an enjoyable to read vampire novel that is expertly written in an easy to read and follow style, and more importantly, a story that keeps your interest in what will happen next.
From the details and description of the taste of vampire blood -- to the gulping and the slurping of human blood by a vampire -- to the vampires dying love, deception, disconnection, disgust, and disturbance, -- to the fear and jealousy by Jorick that another vampire will mark Katelina as his property -- to the titillating love affair between the two main Characters "Jorick and Katelina" -- their passionate love for each other have no boundaries and he will do anything to protect her - as she will to protect him -- I enjoyed reading all.
Last, this book allowed my desires to surface from the depths within -- desires wanting to be marked and made into a Vampire's property -- thus, I am looking forward to reading this Author's next book -- so to refuel my imaginary love affair triangle with Jorick.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 28, 2012 :
Joleene Naylor designs the covers of my own books (also here on Smashwords) which is how I was introduced to her writing...it took me a while, snooty man that I am, to lower myself to reading "vampire lit". What a surprise! I read the last two of these in "beta" and they are really good! I think she is improving too, but both this one and its predecessor manage to do the business for what a vampire novel for adults should be like according to the "genre rules", but go past that too. If you are a vampire novel fan, you'll like them; if you're not, keep an open mind and give them a go.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on June 14, 2012 :
I started reading these on iTunes and really got hooked. The story is different and I love the paranormal aspect. The books are well written and grab hold of you, making you want to know what is going to happen next with all of the characters. It was available here a week before and I purchased here in order to have it quicker. I cannot wait for the next book this winter 2012-2013!!!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)