Closing a Chapter

Today, I have chosen, for better or worse, to walk away from the Facebook group, Book Born. I had a lot of great times in that group, and met a lot of wonderful people. Unfortunately, there were a few things that happened behind the scenes that required me to leave. I hope that those of you that found Book Born through me, or found me through Book Born, continue to support the group in all of its endeavors.

I am choosing not to speak ill of anyone, and I ask that if you have questions, you keep them respectful. I will not try to discredit anyone or humiliate anyone for the sake of drama. I also want it noted that I am not asking anyone to leave with me. If you choose to leave, then please do it of your own accord. I am not starting another group. I am going to be working on my books and continuing to do what I love.

I want to thank everyone that is a member of Book Born for providing me with so much love and support. Your friendship has meant, and continues to mean so much.

I hope that you are all well, and continue on your journey in peace, light, and love.

Thank you,



Celine Reissued

Kind words from the amazing Joleene Naylor! ❤

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

14650282_1256297397747021_6788309910645983577_nWhen Maegan Provan first published her vampire novel Celine, I gave it five stars. Now that she’s released a reworked second edition, I wish I could give it ten!

The basics are still the same, the title character is a girl who has been transformed into a “Night Touched”, a vampire created by the original vampire and then abandoned. With no one to guide her, she’s is quickly captured by Slayers, a group of humans who, in a world rife with paranormal creatures of all kinds, have dedicated themselves to protecting humanity – and that means killing vampires.

But instead of killing Celine, they see this as the perfect opportunity to study a Night Touched. Trapped, Celine reaches out in the only way she can – but psychically connecting with Harper.

When Harper was turned into a Night Touched, years ago, also abandoned. Since then, she has come to rely…

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What the HALE is happening to the writing community?- A special Writing Tip Tuesday

I wanted to remind everyone that this is a real situation that really happened. Be the bigger person.

Maegan Provan, Author

I work from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Wednesday. I get up in the morning, lightly browse Facebook, get ready, and I’m out the door. Typically when I come home from work, there isn’t a lot going on. I mostly talk to Tricia, attempt to write and inevitably get distracted by shiny things on the internet. The reason I wanted to give a break down of my day is because it’s boring. I look at reviews, I check in with my other author friends, and that’s about it. The real life of most self-published, or small named authors is pretty boring. Or, at least I thought it was.

Today, I logged on Facebook and I saw one of my friends had shared an article from Buzz Feed entitled “This is What Happens When an Author Tracks Down a Critic in Real Life.” I was completely shocked. I mean…

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The Legends of Ol’ Man Wickleberry

Brothers of Darkness goes Live TOMORROW!

Another excerpt and graphics from Jo!

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

That’s right, my little Amaranthinites, Patrick’s story is available tomorrow as an ebook at all retailers, and as a paperback. (The Collector’s Edition will be available in paperback November 1st.)

Also tomorrow, I will be the host of the Blood Moon Rising event all day, so if you feel so moved to spread the word about Brothers of Darkness, that would be awesome! Below is the synopsis, links, and some cool graphics.

patrick-high-res“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…

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


“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.



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.


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

Writing Isn’t Easy

I am so glad that this book is almost here! If you haven’t read anything by Tricia Drammeh yet… Well… What the heck are you waiting for?!

Tricia Drammeh


Writing is difficult. Sometimes it’s torture. Other times it’s blissfully easy. Most of the time, for me, it’s hard work. Over the past four days, it’s been all of those things.

As I iron out the final chapters of The Coven, I’m forcing myself to write one sentence at a time, one after the other, no matter how much it hurts. For months, it was torture knowing the book was so close to completion, but not knowing how to finish. Then Saturday, I had an aha moment where the end of the book seemed so clear, so obvious. Blissfully, I sat down and pounded on the keyboard as the words poured out of me. Easy, right?

Not so much. It’s down to the final showdown, the big action scene at the end of the book. I hate writing action scenes. Some people might feel differently, but I’m not a fan…

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Irresistible by: Becky Elizabeth Anderson **Cover Reveal**

I am so happy to be sharing this amazing reveal with you guys! Please be sure to check it out, hop over and give Ms. Becky a ‘like’ on Facebook. Oh! And don’t forget to follow her on Twitter.

Irresistible is a Contemporary/ Dark Romance by Becky Elizabeth Anderson, expected to be released November, 2016. I have provided the synopsis for you. Scroll down to check out this amazing cover!


The best things in life are hard to resist…

Always. In. Control.

Private security for the Hollywood A-list, Daniel Stark knows he can have whoever he wants in his bed, and anyone is welcome…for a night.
Love is nothing but weakness.

But he’s about to find out that not everyone is willing to play by his rules. Not everyone can be so easily bent beneath his will.

Not everyone is so easy to leave behind.

Can a man who’s been running all his life ever stand still long enough to let someone in, to relent the control he’s so tirelessly fought to maintain?

Like fire and oil, they have ignited something in each other that can’t be tamed. But when you’re playing with fire, someone will always get burned…

For all the latest updates, teasers and more, follow Becky on social media:-
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Instagram; @b.elizabeth3


Just a Little Update

Recently, I put myself on a new schedule to encourage me to get more done, and be more organized. That hasn’t totally failed, and I seem to actually be finding myself more focused. In fact, yesterday was such a successful day, I knocked out 2326 words (which is a TON for me) and made it to 82% to word count goal. I am so stoked. I am trying really hard to get this rewrite finished before I head to Iowa in November for the Indie Author Book Expo. You really don’t understand how thrilling this is for me. I’ve never EVER been a part of something like this and I cannot wait to meet other great authors (and readers too!!)

I am finally feeling like I’m in a good place over all.My writing is definitely taking a lot of time, but I am spiritually in an amazing place. I have found a group that I get to call home. I am going to classes and learning so many amazingly wonderful things. I can’t express to you how wonderful I feel. Of course, there is a lot that I have to keep quiet because there are people in my life that would never understand, and I get it. I don’t want to pressure anyone into my way of thinking, or force them to deal with my perspective, when it doesn’t work for them. I am just so so happy right now. It’s a cool feeling.

My goal for Celine is to have her back on the shelf by the end of October. I am also extending the surprise story at the end of The Collection, so look out for that as well. Thank you guys for your continuing support. You are the best people I could ever ask to follow me. Thank you!

Struggling authors, please read.

Author Kyle Perkins

By Kyle Perkins.

So lately I have heard from a few people that they feel like they should just give up on writing because for whatever reason, they are feeling like it just isn’t worth it anymore. Whether they feel like they aren’t getting enough attention, don’t have enough fans, or whatever the case may be, they are wrong, and here’s why.

Writers and authors have a gift, and because we have that gift, we have an obligation, a responsibility to use it. We may “just” arrange words in such a fashion that people enjoy reading them, but a heart surgeon “just” transplants hearts, and astronauts “just” go to space. We need to stop treating writing like it is simply a hobby that “anyone” can do, because that’s not the case. We “just” take people to places they can’t go on their own, and give them a form of escapism…

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