Interview with Joleene Naylor

Who are you and why do we care?
I'm one of a million plus indie authors who writes vampire fiction. Except, my Amaranthine series isn't for teenagers.My vampires don't drive a Prius, they're not vegetarian, and they happily kill both humans and vampires alike - even the good guys. A reviewer once commented that they didn't find my good guy "good enough" and that made me happy, because no one is the proverbial white knight good guy that movies and novels sometimes portray, just as no one is ever evil for the sake of being evil. The best "good guy" has darkness lurking behind his eyes, and the best villain thinks he's righteous. If you agree, and like a dose of violence and romance with your vampires, then you might like what I have to offer. You can always start with the free stories first.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the reason I keep writing. Without them I'd have probably gotten bored and moved on to something else by now, but their passion for the Amaranthine world keeps me passionate. That's why I try to keep my books as cheap as I can, and write lots of freebies, because, without them, the Amaranthine universe would not exist.
What are you working on right now?
The Amaranthine series has officially ended, but the Amaranthine Universe goes on. Right now I'm working on a year of short stories, featuring free Tales of the Executioners stories. This summer/fall I'll start working on the Micah and Loren road trip stand alone, with an eye for a 2019 release. After that will be a trilogy featuring Oren's family, with the possibility of a Jorick stand alone, or a Verchiel/Jamie stand alone novel later.
What are you working on?
Goddess of Night, book 9, will be released in 2017. In the meantime I'm working on Tales from the Executioners (a short story collection; this time about Executioners [The vampire police]. You can get them for free here at Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/10308. ) and on Patrick, an Amaranthine prequel.
Do you think your vampire novels are ridiculous?
It's a series about undead people who walk, talk and drink blood. Of course it's a little ridiculous! By their very nature ALL speculative fiction books are a little out there, this is why you must suspend belief to an extent. However I have tried to add a splash of reality in the form of consequences. The heroine runs away with the vampire hero into the sunset and... and she loses her job. And her family thinks she was kidnapped. And she's not paying her rent so she loses her apartment, etc. etc. Of course there's reality one ignores. Being nearly killed, for instance, is sure to leave a person traumatized, but how many pages of quivering jelly-like traumatized heroine does a reader want to slog through before they're bored?
You have some strange character names. How do you pronounce them?
Since books are text based rather than verbal, I'm not going to say that my way is the "right" way, but here is the way that *I* pronounce a few of them:

Jorick - Joor (as in door) - ick or Joor-rick. (the real pronunciation of this is Jo-rick. I know because I found a guy on myspace who had this name and asked him, but it was too late. Joor-ick was already firmly implanted in my brain.)
Katelina - Kate - lean - uh
Oren - Or-en (as in wren)
Torina - Tore -ee-nuh
Velnya - Vel-nyuh
Kai - k-eye (as in eye)
Arowenia - Air-o-ween-yuh
Verchiel - Vur (as in burn) - chi (as in Chia) - el
Micha - My-kuh (as opposed to the Paranormal Activity pronunciation)
Anya - On-yuh
Senya - Sen (as in Yen) - yuh
Jorge - Hor-hay
Sadihra - Suh-deer-uh
Ume - OO-may (Or I sometimes call her OO-mee)
Samael - Sa -may-el
Eileifr - It's an authentic norse name, and I can't pronounce this one. No audio books for me.
What is your writing process?
Like the doctor, my time is timey-wimey. I imagine a good "scene" - in my head it's either animated anime style or else a live action movie - then I write whatever filler I need in order to get from scene A to scene B, then I backtrack to make that filler make sense with whatever I ended up with.Then I repeat until the book is done, backtracking often to edit or add in scenes necessary for those "exciting bits" to work or make sense.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the south west corner of Iowa in a tiny pocket of unreality; a place that time literally had not caught up to (and still has not). Everything was a little slower, a little smaller, and a little quieter. Farmers with withered sun tanned skin woke up at five in the morning and had coffee in the small cafe at seven. Carhart and coveralls were the fashion, the county fair was one of the big events of summer and the volunteer fire department still had dances in the street. I dreamed of escaping to a metropolitan area that was "like TV", but moving doesn't matter. Those kind of places aren't only around you, but in you, and you can't run from what's inside. It oozes out in my writing; in my settings and my descriptions. There is nothing creepier to me than a dark field of corn or an abandoned barn. The backdrops of my books are small towns, slowly dying, with grass choked parking lots and rain striped motels. My monsters lurk in the woods and live in the abandoned farm house. They drive down old highways and shop in the local chain stores. And why not? There's a subtle beauty in the Midwest; in old gray barns and rusted windmills. I only hope I can capture it.
Describe your desk
I grew up writing in notebooks. My favorite place to write was on my balcony; I would shimmy through the window and sit out there in all kinds of weather, my radio propped just inside (the cord only reached so far). With my desktop computer I was chained to a desk - unless I wanted to hand write everything out, then retype it - and then my desktop died. Now I use my laptop and my desk is anywhere I happen to be; the park, the patio table (where I am now), the kitchen, the living room, even my bed dotted with purring cats. Is it organized? Do I have a fancy writer's bulletin board? How about all those dictionaries and writers' books? Nope. I have a laptop, google, and an imagination, and I like that better. The view is certainly nicer.
Where does your imagination come from?
I have to credit my bad eye sight. When I'm walking the dog in the semi-twilight I see all sorts of terrifying and macabre things; gargoyles on the light poles, abandoned babies in the park, dead bodies on the side of the road. Of course, when I get closer I can plainly see that it's only a beat up transformer with a bit of tree branch caught in it, or a squashed bag in the park, or a person randomly laying on the ground next to the road (okay, I admit, I didn't check. He might have been dead). This does beg the question, though: do I see macabre things because I have a scary imagination, or do I have a scary imagination because I see macabre things?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'd like to say vacationing in the Bahamas, but who gets to do that? I create book covers for fellow authors and do other publishing related things. I also blog and maintain a website. But that's all boring stuff. What I really love to do is pet cats, bake new recipes, watch anime, take photos and engage in my various doll hobbies off and on. I'd like to find time to make it back to paper dolls again.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The splendor of the universe; the beauty of the natural world and the magic of.. eh, who am I kidding? It's the undeniably crushing work load. Wait, that sounded bad, though it's true. What makes me leave the warm comfiness of my bed is the long to-do list that I know I can't possibly finish today. That and the dog whining to go out. It's all sunshine and miracles in this house. Ha ha!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The middle Kindle. Not the paper white, not the fire (seriously, that's just a tablet in disguise), but the plain old e-ink kindle. I like things simple, and the kindle delivers. Unfortunately, I am not so enamored with Amazon, but that's a story for another day.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it easy to distribute to various retailers. I admit, if they hadn't been distributing to Barnes and Noble I never would have - Amazon is hyped to all first time authors as the holy grail of publishing and sales - and I'd have really missed out because I sell more at Barnes and Noble (through Smashwords) than I do on Amazon. Smashwords also has the very useful formatting guide, and a far more personal feel to the whole process, so it's a more comfortable experience in my opinion.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the books I read are by friends and fellow authors who I've either done covers for, run into in author groups, or have been recommended to me by other authors. I know. It's a sand-trap. Once you're sucked in, you're inundated. That might sound like a bad thing, but it's not. What's better than reading a book where you can actually shoot the author an email about the characters or plot and get a real reply? I seriously have hundreds of books on my Kindle. I doubt I'll ever make it through them all, but hey, it will give me something to do when I retire.
Published 2018-03-04.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Migina: Just a Human (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 8,120. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
To protect themselves from one another, the Executioners took on human slaves - or guard dogs,. Fifty years later, with no attacks, the vampires have decided to get rid of them. To protect the immortal's secrets, the law says they must be destroyed. They're only humans, so why is it bothering Migina so much?
Tellith: Fire of Imagination (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Tellith is on vacation when he gets a call the the citadel is under attack! Is it the Hand of Death and his army? Will anyone survive? Can Tellith get back in time to do anything?
Mary: Chasing a Killer (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Mary's spent ten months chasing a rogue vampire and finding clever ways to cover up his mass slayings. Finally, in a small town in Iowa, things are about to come to a head. She'll catch him this time - or else.
Honeymoon Havoc
Series: Amaranthine Freebies. Price: Free! Words: 8,240. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
The Amaranthine series may have ended, but Jorick and Katelina's life together is just beginning. Jorick is looking forward to the departure of their Japanese guests, so he can be alone with his new wife, when trouble shows up in the form of a redheaded Executioner and a vampiress who needs help. Will they ever find peace and quiet?
Kioko: On Equal Terms (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 8,920. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Contains Spoilers for Ashes of Deceit. Only an Executioner for two weeks, Kioko is assigned mid-job to drop everything and help Ark apprehend a vampire-human duo wanted for murder. But it's not just any duo: it's the legendary Hand of Death Jorick and his so-called human pet.
Krill: Dreadful Note of Preparation (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 8,130. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
It's 1893 when Krill finds a threatening note in his room. Could it be a joke, perpetrated by his friend Hugh? After all, he's only a guard at the citadel. He doesn't have many enemies. Who could mean him harm?
Jorick: The Price of Freedom (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 12,330. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Jorick has served Malick for hundreds of years but, since marrying Velnya, he's wearied of his duty. With a final assignment to carry out, Jorick will finally be freed to live a life of quiet and peace - a life free from fighting and death. But what he finds when he gets home will shatter all of his dreams for the future and leave him hurtling down the road to revenge.
Griselda: Pack of Wolves (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 10,690. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In the citadel, it's hard to tell who's your enemy and who's your friend - or it is for the Executioners. No wonder they need human guard dogs to protect them while they sleep. When Griselda's human is compromised, will one of her fellows take advantage of the situation, or will they hesitate long enough for her to find a solution? Who knew vampires had so many problems?
Jamie: The Blood of Betrayal (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 11,400. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Wounded in battle, Jamie crawls home, desperate to see his wife and family again. When he wakes miraculously healed, he's bombarded with one horrible revelation after another. His wife is dead, and his father hung as a traitor. But how is it that his sister and brother-in-law were spared? And what does the mysterious Eagan - who now claims to be their master - have to do with it?
Zuri: Trapped (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 8,190. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Contains Ashes of Deceits spoilers. Taken prisoner by Oren's war coven, Zuri is held captive for twelve days. When he returns to the citadel, Eileifr refuses to reinstate him as an Executioner, forcing him to take "time to recuperate". Rather than the healing vacation its meant to be, Zuri feels just as trapped as he was by the war coven - maybe even more so.
Fallon: Taste in Men (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 10,530. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Though she's over 100, Fallon feels responsible for his sister. From one disaster to another, her relationships give new meaning to bad taste, and her newest is no better. Fallon knows Warren is up to something, but convincing Laura of it is another matter. Can be read as a stand alone.
Greneth: Halloween Hijinks (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 8,220. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A cartoon vampire on the “haunted house” advertisement catches Greneth’s eyes. Then, a couples-only discount sweetens the deal, if he can find someone to take. Griselda seems the perfect choice, but when she starts asking silly questions – like just what is a haunted house, anyway? – and talking about so-called real ghosts, he wonders if he’s made the right choice.
Franklin: The Promise (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 10,800. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
After one hundred years of silence, The Hand of Death is on the radar again – and Franklin is assigned to deal with the situation. Part of a team, they discover it’s not just Jorick who's involved, but also the Tormentor, Kateesha. In a battle against legends, what can go wrong? Read the attack on Oren’s den through the Executioner’s point of view.
Dismas: Prayers of the Damned (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 6,500. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Short Story. Not for children. In 1893, Dismas is still a greater guard - or was before he joined Kateesha's revolt. Regretful, he wants to go back to The Guild, but can he get there - and obtain forgiveness - before Kateesha or the Executioners kill him?
Daniel: Black Luck (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 5,690. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Short Story. Not for children. Part of the Tales of the Executioners collection, about the vampires in the elite "police force". Daniel and Kateesha are tasked with apprehending a murderous vampire, but all work and no play makes Kateesha bored. When she lures Daniel into neglecting their duty, he can guess his future: failure isn’t something The Guild takes lightly.
Cyprus: Future's Promise (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Short Story. Not for children. Before Cyprus joined the ranks of the Executioners, he was a guard at the Stronghold in Munich, Germany, where he fell in love with Sadihra, who is the German equivalent of an Executioner. not only does she outrank him, but she's already taken. However, Cyprus has something on his side that no one realizes.
Goddess of Night
Series: Amaranthine. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 132,730. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A war four-thousand years in the making. In the mists of time, Lilith sealed her immortal lover away. Awakened, Samael has only one plan: revenge. Linked to Samael and caught in the middle, Katelina watched as Lilith took both her best friend Sarah and a child vampire hostage. Now, it’s up to her and Jorick to get them back.
The Very True Legends of Ol' Man Wickleberry and his Demise - Ink Slingers' Anthlogy
Series: Ink Slingers Anthologies. Price: Free! Words: 33,740. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Ol’ Man Wickleberry is a man of legend – or is he a legend of a man? With a scruffy beard and a dislike for humanity, how long has it been since he met his demise, and what is he doing in his ghostly afterlife? The stories may differ, but all of them are true. We swear. Enjoy eight tales by seven talented authors.
Lisiantha: Home for Christmas (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 12,140. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Lisiantha runs away from her rural coven, but after a nasty breakup, she comes back, her fledgling in tow. Dreading a run in with her ex, Josh, she soon has more important things to worry about. Her master made a mistake and now a warring coven wants her blood. Can she find a way to save her – and maybe save herself in the process? Even vampires enjoy a Hallmark-style Christmas special.
Road to Darkness
Series: Amaranthine Freebies. Price: Free! Words: 8,380. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
When Jenny and her best friend stop to help a pair of college boys stranded on the side of the road, they get more than they bargained for.
Patrick's Story: Brothers of Darkness
Series: Amaranthine, Book 0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 129,780. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
“Not a love story…a dark spiral into blackness.” “If you’ve read Shades of Gray, you know how this has to end.” The prequel to Shades of Gray tells the story of Patrick and Michael, how they got tangled into Claudius’ web, and their valiant fight to escape.
Bren: In the Dark (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 6,770. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Short Story. Not for children. Part of a collection called Tales of the Executioners about the vampires in the elite "police force". Bren has a simple assignment - to deal with a coven who's killed too many locals. When he takes a victim's phone as a trophy, he becomes fascinated with the story of her death - almost too fascinated.
Thirteen Guests
Series: Amaranthine Freebies. Price: Free! Words: 39,970. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A collection of thirteen short stories meant to take place during the events of Masque of the Vampire. Every fifty years, Andrei throws an expensive house party for the crème de la crème of the vampire world. But, there’s only so much time in the novel, and only so much Katelina can see. Discover the things she didn’t and enjoy thirteen stories, told through the eyes of the guests themselves.
Sarah (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 4,690. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Short Story. Not for children. Though Sarah has problems of her own, she's worried about Katelina. Her best friend's sort-of-boyfriend was murdered a month ago, and now a joker has started prank calling her. It's no wonder she's hiding out. But, when Sarah goes to visit, she finds a ransacked apartment and a pair of strange men. When she confronts them, she has no idea how much trouble she's in.
Byrn: At Christmas (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(3.00 from 1 review)
Short Story. Not for children. Part of a collection called Tales of the Executioners about the vampires in the elite "police force". It's 1755. With The Guild in it's infancy, there are only so many Executioners, so when a report of mass killings rolls in at Christmas time, Byrn is sent to sort it out. He'd better do something special to appease his wife.
Beldren: What We Deserve (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 10,220. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Short Story. Not for children. When Beldren and his friends, former indentured servants, set out to “take what they deserve” they get just that and more.
When the Lights Go Out - Ink Slingers' Halloween Anthology
Series: Ink Slingers Anthologies. Price: Free! Words: 110,020. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A collection of twenty-five short stories just in time for Halloween. Enjoy thrills, chills, and mysteries. Meet ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters everywhere from dark city streets to the English countryside. Scares lurk in the most unexpected places and, when the lights go out, no where is safe and no one will be spared.
Verchiel: Never Ending Question (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners. Price: Free! Words: 5,910. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Short Story. Not for children. Verchiel wakes up in an unfamiliar room with a busty woman standing over him. He can't recall who she is - or even who he is - let alone how he's become an immortal blood drinker. As he tries to discover the answers, he must also learn to control his blood lust or fight an entire village of panicked people.
Masque of the Vampire
Series: Amaranthine, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,400. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Katelina and Jorick head home at last, but it isn't the homecoming they expected. Between Katelina's family and the return of an old friend thought dead, it's almost a relief when Eileifr sends Jorick to Canada as extra security for Andrei's extravagant gala. Almost. But between a mysterious stalker and a child murderer, things are about to get scary.
Kateesha (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 12. Price: Free! Words: 5,150. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Short Story. Not for children. The twelfth in a collection called Vampire Morsels about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. The year is 1968. Kateesha and her partner are sent to deal with a group of rogues in southern Missouri. When things get nasty, Kateesha gets nastier. Can her father forgive her, or will he enforce the council's death sentence?
Clash of Legends
Series: Amaranthine, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,850. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The seventh installment in the Amaranthine series. Katelina wakes in Samael’s domain without Jorick. Her vampire lover gathers an army to save her, but Malick interferes. When he leaves Katelina broken and bleeding, it’s the final straw. Jorick plans the ultimate taboo: to kill his master. Will he succeed or will he and Katelina be crushed in a greater war?
Strange Portals - Ink Slingers' Fantasy/Horror Anthology
Series: Ink Slingers Anthologies. Price: Free! Words: 92,930. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Just in time for a much needed holiday break, twenty-two stories about fairies, vampires, zombies, werewolves, and everything in between. Stories by AK Stein, Adan Ramie, B.G. Hope, Barbara G. Tarn, Bonnie Mutchler, CG Coppola, DM Yates, JK Rosaline, Joleene Naylor, Kay Kauffman, Maegan Provan, Mark R. Hunter, Rami Ungar, Roger Lawrence, Roxanna Mathews, Terry Compton and Tricia Drammeh.
Ark: Echo from the Past (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Short Story. Not for children. Part of a collection called Tales of the Executioners about the vampires in the elite "police force". Ark has been an Executioner for two hundred and fifty years, and has always done his duty, but when he's handed an assignment with a familiar perpetrator, will he be able to follow orders?
Tales from the Island Collection
Series: Tales from the Island, Book 7 · Amaranthine Freebies. Price: Free! Words: 22,900. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Six short stories. After five novels of bloodshed and terror, Katelina finally gets her island vacation, but it’s not all she expected. How can it be when her companions are vampires? Get ready for book 6 of the Amaranthine series, Children of Shadows, with these tasty bites. What happens on a vampire vacation, stays on a vampire vacation.
Verchiel (Tales from the Island)
Series: Tales from the Island, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Katelina finally gets her beach vacation, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. How can it when her companions are vampires? Get ready for book 6 in the Amaranthine series, Children of Shadows, with this collection. Day 6: It's just a lazy day for Verchiel in the hot tub. Though his efforts at making friends go awry, he refuses to be deterred, much to the chagrin of his fellow vacationers.
Loren (Tales from the Island)
Series: Tales from the Island, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Katelina finally gets her beach vacation, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. How can it when her companions are vampires? Get ready for book 6 in the Amaranthine series, Children of Shadows, with this collection. Day 5: Loren seems to be the only one who understands what beach vacation means, or so he thinks until he and Micah stumble on Torina and a surprise friend.
Sadihra (Tales from the Island)
Series: Tales from the Island, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 3,520. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
Katelina finally gets her beach vacation, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. How can it when her companions are vampires? Get ready for book 6 in the Amaranthine series, Children of Shadows, with this collection. Day 4: Sadihra wants to return to the elite Scharfrichter force, but Wolfe has one condition. Can she accept it, or will their renewed relationship fall apart?
Oren (Tales from the Island)
Series: Tales from the Island, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Katelina finally gets her beach vacation, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. How can it when her companions are vampires? Get ready for book 6 in the Amaranthine series, Children of Shadows, with this collection. Day 3:Haunted by ghosts of the past, Oren's vacation is more torture than pleasure. But perhaps it's time he let some of his old agonies go and tried to shape the life he has left.
Torina (Tales from the Island)
Series: Tales from the Island, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
Katelina finally gets her beach vacation, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. How can it when her companions are vampires? Get ready for book 6 in the Amaranthine series, Children of Shadows, with this collection. Day 2: Torina is ready for a vacation in the sand. But can she find peace on the tropical island, or give into the ghosts of her past under the swaying palms?
Micah (Tales from the Island)
Series: Tales from the Island, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
Katelina finally gets her beach vacation, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. How can it when her companions are vampires? Get ready for book 6 in the Amaranthine series, Children of Shadows, with this collection. Day 1: Micah is ready for some fun in the sand, but he's not so excited about the ocean. The dark waters stir memories from his past that he'd rather forget.
Children of Shadows
Series: Amaranthine, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,340. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
An extinct cult resurfaces to wage war on the vampire guilds, leaving destruction in their path. Katelina and Jorick are trapped in Munich’s stronghold, with Ume, a vampiress who claims to know Verchiel and offers the help of her secret organization. But, can they trust Ume and her friends? Why have the Children of Shadows reappeared? Is it really a former ally that leads them, or a look alike?
Aine: Another Complication (Tales of the Executioners)
Series: Tales of the Executioners, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(3.75 from 4 reviews)
Short Story. Not for children. More humor than horror, Aine is a bit of fun. As one of the newest, Aine gets the job nobody wants: arresting a vampire for breaking The Laws. While everything goes wrong around him, he discovers that his target has broken yet another law...one that could get him into trouble, too.
Heart of the Raven: Mini Prologue Collection
Series: Amaranthine Freebies. Price: Free! Words: 10,360. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is a collection of nine flash fiction “prologues” for the book Heart of the Raven, the fifth novel in the Amaranthine vampire series. These stories are not intended to stand on their own, but as a supplement to the novel. Meet Cyrpus, Neil, Sadihra, Wolfe and others as they go about their business not knowing that their actions may have consequences that will echo for a lifetime.
Heart of the Raven
Series: Amaranthine, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 113,460. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Not suitable for tweens. The fifth installment of the Amaranthine series sees Jorick and Katelina draw closer as they surround themselves with their own miniature army to outwit the machinations of the ancient master. Katelina grows stronger and learns to stand on her own because there’s no room for the fainthearted in a world where darkness is eternal and the night tastes like blood
Kariss (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Short Story. Not a children's story. The eleventh in a collection about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. Told in flashbacks between 1784 and 1820, Kariss must come to terms with her owm immortality and her mother's death. You can also find Kariss in the novel legacy of Ghosts.
Vampire Morsels: Short Story Collection
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 14 · Amaranthine Freebies. Price: Free! Words: 62,610. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Seventeen short stories, each about a different character from the Amaranthine universe. Includes: Velnya, Troy, Sarah, Nirel, Michael, Kateesha, Kariss, Jesslynn, Herrick, Elsa, Claudius, Bethina, Benjamin, Ashton, Arowenia, Alexander and Adam.
Jesslynn (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 10. Price: Free! Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Short Story. Not for children. Part of a collection called Vampire Morsels about vampires from the Amaranthine universe. When Jesslynn's baby gets sick, she sees only way to save him; by discovering whatever dark ritual keeps their neighbor, Jorick, healthy and eternally young. She gets more than she bargained for.
Ashes of Deceit
Series: Amaranthine, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 105,300. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Not suitable for tweens. Katelina and Jorick should be going to the tropics. Instead, they’re rescuing a captured vampire. Who kidnapped him and why? The truth isn’t easy to find. As Oren’s attack on the Guild draws closer, Jorick and Katelina are led back to the Citadel where the ancient master Malick reigns. When the flames of war ignite, can they rise from the ashes, or will they be consumed?
Herrick (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 4,200. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Short Story. Not for children. Part of a collection called Vampire Morsels about vampires from the Amaranthine universe. Takes place during Shades of Gray (the full length novel also by Joleene Naylor). Herrick's unrequited love for the mortal Caroline has left him on the fence. Should he take his friend's advice and reveal the truth to her? When tragedy strikes, his mind is made up for him.
Elsa (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Short Story. Not for children. The eighth in a collection called Vampire Morsels about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. Twenty year old Elsa is devastated when her "true love" remorselessly skips town. When she sets off after him, she finds more than she bargained for. You can also find Elsa in Shades of Gray by Joleene Naylor.
Claudius (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
Short Story. Not for children. The seventh in a collection called Vampire Morsels about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. Claude wants revenge against his father; a nobleman who abandoned him as a baby, and covets his father's charge, the beautiful Arowenia. Now that he's been given the gift of immortality, he has the power to take both.You can also find Claudius in Shades of Gray.
Bethina (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Short Story. Not a children's story. The sixth in a collection about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. The year is 1947. With her tuberculosis getting worse, Bethina's only future is to languish in a TB San. Then the mysterious family she works for offers her a full time position, one that will change her life forever. You can also find Bethina in the novel Shades of Gray.
Benjamin (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Short Story. Not a children's story. Part of a collection about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. When most people think of vampires, they think of blood, night and stalking prey. But sometimes vampires just want to relax and play a game of poker.
Ties of Blood
Series: Amaranthine, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 104,420. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Not suitable for tweens. It’s time for Katelina 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?
Ashton (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
Short Story. Not for children. Part of a collection about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. After Ashton's parents die it's up to him to take care of his younger brother. He tries to escape the pressure by befriending the new guy in town and his dangerous friends. But he discovers that his new reality is far worse than the one he tried to escape.
Arowenia (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Short Story. Not a children's story. The third in a collection called Vampire Morsels about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. Arowenia, Claudius's child bride for eternity, lives in a gilded cage. She moves through a world of opulence and excess, shielded from Claudius's political enemies, until a waring coven's scheme engulfs her. You can also find Arowenia in Shades of Gray.
Alexander (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Short Story. Not for children. The second in a collection called Vampire Morsels about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. A child vampire in 1831. Not allowed to play with the slave children, Alexander, is in for a lonely evening that turns even lonelier as he struggles to come to terms with the concept of his own immortality. You can also find Alexander in Shades of Gray
Adam (Vampire Morsels)
Series: Vampire Morsels, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Short Story. Not for children. The first in a collection called Vampire Morsels about different vampires from the Amaranthine universe. The year is 1952 and Adam has just signed up to join the army. His girlfriend has his life mapped out, complete with wedding, house and children, but their futures change one rainy night. You can also find Adam in Legacy of Ghosts by Joleene Naylor.
The Do-Nothing Day
Price: Free! Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
The tale of a stuffed bear who tries hard to decide what to do with his day, never noticing all the adventures he's having along the way. Illustrated. Ages 4+
Legacy of Ghosts
Series: Amaranthine, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 104,450. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Not suitable for tweens. 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.
How to Get a Cheap Book Cover
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,260. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
(4.92 from 12 reviews)
A great book cover doesn't have to cost a fortune. This book covers everything from hiring someone else, to all the DIY tips you need like finding the right font, locating the perfect picture, and illustrated step by step instructions on how to put the cover together in four popular art programs.
101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire
Series: Amaranthine Freebies. Price: Free! Words: 9,410. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.67 from 12 reviews)
It's not a novel. It's not a short story. 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire is just that: a list of tips for traveling with a vampire. Some are useful even if you aren't traveling with the undead. If you're looking for a quick chuckle and want a sneak peek of book 4 in the Amaranthine series, then give it a shot.
Shades of Gray
Series: Amaranthine, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 93,670. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.73 from 11 reviews)
Not suitable for tweens. 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.