For Lindsay – Excerpt of Ashes of Deceit
First I would like to thank Lindsay for hosting me and my giveaway (see details at the end of this post) on the last stop of the blog tour celebrating the release of my newest book in the Amaranthine series, Ashes of Deceit. (Thanks, Lindsay!!)
Are you tired of vampires that write love notes in science class and sparkle in the sunlight? Yeah, me too.
“What I like about [Joleene Naylor’s] books… they are for adults…both the violence and the sex are not teenage stuff…and lurking behind the storyline is an adult theme.” – Steve Evans, author of Demented.
Pulled into a world of darkness, Katelina’s fate becomes intertwined with that of Jorick, a dark, enigmatic vampire. To stay by his side, she must navigate fields of intrigue, terror and bloodshed as they are drawn from one vampire war to another. Dreams of peace seem elusive, and complications abound in the form of mysterious vampires, old relics, and an ancient master. Join Katelina and Jorick in a world where vampires don’t sparkle and night is eternal.
Join me for an excerpt of book four, Ashes of Deceit, and since this blog has a higher “flame” rating, let’s go for the gusto :
The door barely shut when Katelina stood and demanded to know what was going on.
Jorick sighed and dropped to the couch. “It doesn’t concern you, little one. It’s boring Guild business.” He patted the couch next to him. “Come.”
“If it concerns you, then it concerns me. I know you think you’re shielding me, but I don’t want to be shielded. I don’t need to be protected like Velnya was.”
He asked coldly, “Did it occur to you that I might be protecting myself?”
She faltered. “From what?”
“From your disdain. I know how disgusted you are with those things.”
Her anger dissipated. Deflated, she sank next to him on the couch. “I wouldn’t be disgusted with you, and even if I was, why would you care?”
He ran frustrated fingers through his hair. “You’re just fishing for a compliment.”
“I’m not fishing for a compliment, but some affirmation. For the last three days it’s been nothing but bitching and nagging! I feel like I’m dating a woman!”
His brows arched. “Perhaps I need to remind you which of us is the woman.”
She smacked him in the shoulder. “Stop trying to change the subject! You’re always doing that, but I’m not-” His lips sealed over hers and cut off the rest of her sentence. She struggled against him, determined to find out what was going on. Then she slowly surrendered.
His mouth tasted coppery. His hot tongue danced around her lips and trailed down her neck. She moaned softly as he peeled away her shirt and leaned her back on the couch. The vinyl was cool against her skin. His hands were warm as they moved down her sides and hovered over her stomach.
She wavered between arguing and giving in completely. His caresses decided for her, and she tugged his shirt over his head. She skimmed the smooth surface of his well-muscled chest. His skin was like polished marble, only warm. The texture was somehow erotic.
He leaned down and brushed his lips over her collar bone, then nipped at her playfully. She eagerly anticipated his bite, and tried to press herself into his mouth, but he shifted his lips to the exposed portions of her breasts. Her hands fisted in his dark hair as he lifted her bra and traced her wanting nipples with the tip of his tongue, tasting her.
“Jorick,” she called softly, though she wasn’t sure what she wanted. Different desires coursed through her, warring and tangling with one another until her insides were a mass of seething need.
Thanks for reading, and, as a thank you for stopping by one lucky commenter will receive a coupon code for a free ebook from Smashwords. Since this is a series, the winner may choose which of the books they would like to receive:
Book 1: Shades of Gray – Katelina’s “friend-with-benefits” is murdered for stealing something from a coven of vampires. Hunted as an accomplice, she must rely on Jorick to survive. But what happens when her knight in shining armor turns out to be one of the monsters?
Book 2: Legacy of Ghosts – For Katelina and Jorick, peace is hard to come by. Kateesha plans to fight the same battle as Jorick’s fledgling, but a common enemy isn’t enough to overcome previous betrayals. Drawn into a deathly conflict, Jorick and Katelina must overcome old regrets, or lose their future to the ghosts of their past.
Book 3: Ties of Blood – A trip to Katelina’s home starts a chain reaction; she and Jorick meet Verchiel, a too friendly vampire, then the police arrest Jorick for kidnapping. Worse, The Guild wants to question them. Will Malick, the head of the vampires, punish them? Or will the mysterious vampire following them do the job first?
Book 4: Ashes of Deceit – Katelina and Jorick must rescue a captured vampire and discover 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. When the flames of war ignite, can they rise from the ashes, or will they be consumed?
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