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Patrick’s story: Brothers of Darkness (New Amaranthine Story by Joleene Naylor)- Plus Review!

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“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.

When Patrick’s missing brother Michael returns, he brings with him a world of darkness. Turned into a vampire against his will, Michael is the coven’s whipping boy. When Patrick tries to help, he’s claimed as a slave who spends his weekends preparing victims, scooping ashes, and falling prey to the vampire’s twisted desires.

There’s only so much hell he can take, and when vampires from a warring coven offer sanctuary in exchange for cooperation, Patrick quickly agrees. What he expected to be a few months drags out into a long smear of nightmares, and though he fights for hope and freedom, the cost of victory may be more than he bargained for.

 

Excerpt:

The park was eerie in the dark. The hulking jungle gym sat like a crouched monster waiting to spring, and the swing set’s long shadows were tendrils of evil that snaked toward Patrick and Michael as they leaned on the teeter-totter.

The snow slowed, then stopped. Patrick scuffled his feet in the drifts and counted off the seconds. How long would it take a vampire to find them?

And why in the hell do we want him to?

Michael’s shoulders went stiff and Patrick followed his gaze. At first, he saw only darkness, then, like last time, the guy materialized from the shadows.

“You’re looking for me?”

Michael narrowed his eyes. “You’re the mind reader, you tell me.”

Without hesitation, the vampire asked sharply, “Why should I help you?”

Michael grabbed his brother’s arm. “Come on, Pat. I told you this was a fuckin’ waste of time.”

Before they could move, the mysterious man replied, “I didn’t say I wouldn’t help, only asked why I should.”

Patrick nodded hopefully. If the vampires were half as terrifying as this guy, there was no way they could deal with them alone. They needed someone who could help them and, though he couldn’t say why, he was sure this was the guy for the job. Maybe because he scares the shit outta me. “Hang on, Mikey. Let’s give him a chance.”

Michael glared at the vampire. “Why? We don’t even know who he is!”

The man all but rolled his eyes. “My name is Jorick. What do you want from me?”

Patrick answered quickly, “He needs help to get away from Claudius.”

Jorick studied them. The moments stretched thin and taut, heavy with the oppressive winter atmosphere. Finally, he said, “Let me speak to my associate. We might be able to do something. Return here in five days.”

Then he disappeared.

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My review:

Patrick’s story is just that. We finally get to hear all about the boyfriend that started Katelina down the dark and dangerous path into the Amaranthine world. Troubled, drug addicted, and quite frankly fucked up, Patrick is definitely not the man anyone should feel bad for. He is a go nowhere, do nothing loser who can’t hold down a job to save his life… And his brother, Michael, is no better. After Michael is forced to get a day job doing lawn care at a mysterious mansion, he hatches a plan to get rich and leave everything bad behind. The plan, of course, does not go the way Michael planned, and he goes to Patrick for help. Feeling a sense of responsibility for his brother, Patrick is plunged into a world no human should ever be in. Betrayal, violence, and abuse, Patrick’s seemingly tragic story does see one bit of light at the end of a very dark tunnel, but how long will it last?

I went into Patrick completely unsure. Very little was known about him outside of Shades of Gray. He was the loser boyfriend of Katelina’s that met a really grizzly and unfortunate end at the VERY VERY beginning of Shades of Gray (so this is not a spoiler). I was incredibly curious to see how Joleene could make such a deadbeat into a relatable character. And I was not disappointed. I became so attached to Patrick, that there was fan fiction being written in my head. I mean, I knew how it ended, I knew the direction every life in the series takes. I honestly wasn’t sure how many surprises there would be. This book made me feel so much for a character that I didn’t particularly care for, that I cursed Jo. I did, I definitely, definitely did. There was a very strongly written letter and everything. But nevertheless, Patrick was beautifully written and a wonderful story. The pacing, dialog, and all around feel of the story are very true to the rest of the series, so long time Amaranthine readers should be right at home. I enjoy books that make me feel, and this made me feel so many things. I teared up at the end.

If you have not read Shades of Gray yet and want to start with Patrick, I would advise against it. You will gain a much better sense of understanding, and it will just mean a lot more to you if you start with the beginning of the series.

Of course, I have to give Brothers of Darkness 5 out of 5 stars just being it. It was an amazing book and you HAVE to read it… like now… Because it came out today, so… yeah.

5 star

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Two Goals Down!

 

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen; I have actually reached two of the three goals I set out for myself. I completed Becoming Jeremy and compiled the entire collection for you! The print edition of The Collection will be out soon, but it’s just taking a bit of time for me to finish editing the cover. I cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on this short story collection. There is a bonus short story as well. No spoilers, of course. You’ll just have to pick up your copy today!

New Becoming Night Touched Covers Out Now!!

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen!! Becoming Night Touched had a bit of a makeover. This will be followed by a full TNTC makeover later, but for now, I hope you love them as much as I do. These new covers are available now. (Becoming Harper and Becoming Celine will be getting their freebie status fixed soon.)

 

harper lily jason celine jeremy silas

I actually reached my first goal of the year

On June 8th, I created the post “Writing Goals-Better Late Than Never” outlining that I wanted to complete the Becoming Night Touched mini series, create the collection and publish that, AND release the new edition of TNTC Book 1: Celine. Well, I am happy to say that I have hit goal 1!

A short story typically does not take that long to write. However, if you are constantly busy and stressed out, then creativity fails to come. I pushed through and Becoming Jeremy is now published. It’s a huge relief to have it finished. It is very short, but I felt that because we learn so much about Jeremy in Book 2, there wasn’t a lot I could say in the short story that would not be repetitive. I hope that you like it.

So I am now putting the BNT collection together, but it might take me a while, there is a surprise in store for everyone that picks up a copy and I want to make sure that it’s perfect before release. The collection will be available in digital and print form.

I do have an update on my personal life as well! I was just accepted into the University of Houston and so I am going to be crazy busy for the next 6-8 years. I am going the Pre-Law Poli-Sci route. Yes, ladies and gents, I am on my way to becoming an attorney. No, I cannot provide legal advice. No, I cannot do any documents for you. Sorry. Have to get that out of the way.

Brian and I have also adopted another dog. His name is Jack! Buddy, the stray that we took in last year, has found a new home and I’m so happy for him. Jack was adopted from the local ASPCA and is a riot. He loves to fetch, pull the squeakers out of his toys, and his daddy. He has not left Brian’s side since we brought him home. So now, Oliver has a friend that is closer to his size, closer to his age, and neutered.

 

Jack!

Oliver

 

Becoming Lily: A Night Touched Prequel (Becoming Night Touched #3)

Becoming Lily: A Night Touched Prequel (Becoming Night Touched #3)

Becoming Lily: A Night Touched Prequel (Becoming Night Touched #3)

Lily Buchannan is the fashion forward, motherly secondary hero in The Night Touched Chronicles. But who was she before? Becoming Lily: A Night Touched Prequel brings us right up to Lily’s final day as a human and what happened shortly after. A short look into one of our favorite sidekick’s beginning.

Mother’s Day Flash sale!

Hey… Hey you! You look like you would enjoy some FREE books for Mother’s Day! All day long The Night Touched Chronicles Book One: Celine,  Becoming Harper AND Becoming Jason are FREE on Smashwords. All you have to do is enter the coupon codes below and you will have access to any version of the books you want. Don’t forget to share this post so that your friends and their awesome moms can get the books too! Coupon Codes expire on May 12, 2014

 

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Becoming Harper: A Nigh Touched   Becoming HarperHE28E

jasoncover   Becoming Jason: MD76A

The Night Touched Chronicles Book Cover  The Night Touched Chronicles Book One: Celine : AV47R

Becoming Jason: A Night Touched Prequel (Becoming Night Touched #2)

Part 2 of 6 out now!

Jason Howard is the well connected, sport loving secondary hero in The Night Touched Chronicles. But who was her before? Becoming Jason: A Night Touched Prequel brings us right up to Jason’s final day as a human and what happens shortly after. A short look into one of our favorite side kick’s beginning.

 

Becoming Jason: A Night Touched Prequel (Becoming Night Touched #2)

Becoming Jason: A Night Touched Prequel (Becoming Night Touched #2)

Becoming Harper: A Night Touched Prequel (Becoming Night Touched #1)

All of your questions will be answered in Part One of the Becoming Night Touched mini-series!

Harper Kemp is the sarcastic, quirky protagonist of The Night Touched Chronicles. But who was she before she was turned? Becoming Harper: A Night Touched Prequel brings us right up to Harper’s final day as a human and what happened shortly after. A short look into our heroine’s beginning.

Becoming Harper: A Night Touched Prequel (Becoming Night Touched #1)

Becoming Harper: A Night Touched Prequel (Becoming Night Touched #1)

Autographed copies!!

Autographed copies!!

These are available for a limited time so get them while you can!!

Celine is now available on the Kindle Market.

Get in to the story: http://www.facebook.com/TheNightTouchedChronicles. Book now available on Amazon : [[Images (C) respective owners, via google images, and pinterest. I DO NOT OWN images.: Cover art by Skylar Faith . http://truenotdreams.weebly.com/ Music (C) Ellie Goulding. I own nothing but intellectual property.]]

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