Steve Evans has been a gold prospector, a bartender, mushroom farmer, gardener, labourer, social worker, librarian and journalist. He has written seven novels for Smashwords and other ebook retailers: The Russian Idea, Demented, Evilheart, The Kleiber Monster, and Savonarola's Bones.
He lives in New Zealand.
This member has not published any books.
Ashes of Deceit
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.
Heart of the Raven
on April 17, 2013
The latest in Joleene Naylor's Amaranthine series is to my mind the best yet: the best written and the most thrilling. Those who aren't familiar with the earlier instalments will perhaps not be able to pick up on nuances "between the lines" as well as between the characters, but that is more an incentive to read the others than a turn off for this one. Any reader will still get a lot out of it.
Clash of Legends
on April 09, 2015
Joleene Naylor writes adult vampire novels and her series Amaranthine has now reached seven not entirely thin volumes. Vampires are not everyone's cup of blood, but for those those who haven't sampled this literary fare and who are open-minded enough to give this genre a chance to bite their imaginations, Amaranthine is a good place to start.
There is more here than a splatter-fest. Yes, there are battles aplenty, and lurid depictions of the horrors vampire wars can unleash. There is vampire sex too and that is not to be passed over lightly. Yet these titillating aspects are set in a context that ultimately makes these novels a kind of easy-reading philosophical treatise on the nature of reality and the imagination.
Clash of Legends comes at a turning point in the series that makes it significant in terms of the whole. Readers who have not read the earlier instalments might nonetheless find it worth a go; they can get the rest as flashback if they choose.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)