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Shades of Gray (Amaranthine Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joleene Naylor
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Book Description

When Patrick is found dead in his apartment, Katelina is left in a vacuum of uncertainty with no leads. Then the enigmatic Jorick appears. In a single sweep he turns over the rocks of reality to reveal what hides underneath in the shadows; monsters that she thought only existed in horror movies.

Trapped in a nightmare, Katelina is forced to accept the truth of vampires; vampires who want her dead for her association with Patrick. Jorick saves the day, but what should she do when her hero turns out to be one of the monsters? Can she really trust – and even love – someone who isn’t human?

Caught between light and dark, Katelina and Jorick must travel down a path of mystery and terror as their pasts are slowly revealed and their passions ignite, in a world that smells like blood and tastes like fear.

Look for the action-packed sequel, Legacy of Ghosts!

Editorial Reviews


Dark, stunning and mysterious, Shades of Gray breaks through the barriers of modern writing and revitalizes the vampire genre for a new generation. Unlike modern, feeble vampire stories directed at teenagers and Hollywood, Shades of Gray takes us back to a time when vampires were still deadly creatures of the night and love knew no bounds. With the same dedication to the true vampire genre that authors such as Stephen King (Salem's Lot) and Anne Rice (Queen of the Damned) write with, Joleene Naylor, in her first book, Shades of Gray, has captured the very essence of their darkness, the depths of their emotions, and reminded us of the horrifying reality of what it means to be a vampire.

In this first installment of the Amaranthine Series, we are introduced to the two, main characters, Jorick and Katelina ; eternally bound souls who are also victims, caught helplessly between the worlds of light and darkness. Jorick, a vampire trapped in a world he despises, must break the code of his own kind in order to protect a mortal; while Katelina will be forced to choose between the emptiness of her life in the world above, or be further drawn into a tangled web of conflict and deception amongst the warring vampires.

In a time of lust, hatred, betrayal and greed, these two souls will have to face the awesome powers of the vampire clans and their minions, in an all-out battle. But, if they are to find their way through the darkness, they'll also have to overcome their own, inner demons, where they may even be lucky enough to find an unexpected spark of passion waiting to be ignited. When vampires and humans mix together, what happens next is not pleasant; when light and dark combine as one, there is sure to be pain and suffering.

Yet, out of the darkness, the light will shine. From suffering, new strengths shall be discovered. From war, unexpected heroes shall arise. And, in this first book from the Amaranthine Series, you will embark on an epic journey through the forbidden world that exists only in your nightmares.

The author, Joleene Naylor, has crossed boundaries that very few authors ever dare approach. She has taken the publishing world by storm with tremendous courage, writing her story in the only way it could be: unbound by the barriers of modern society and political correctness. Naylor has a refreshing and talented approach to writing with her unique and uninhibited style that is thoroughly exhilarating. Straying from the modern storylines that tend to poison the vampire genre, Naylor has brought to life the frightening world of vampires through her accurately detailed and vividly graphic depictions of their dark natures. She has remained true and loyal to the most dedicated of vampire fans around the world. This is not your Hollywood-induced, watered-down tale of vampires. Rather, Shades of Gray is a blood-curdling, epic saga that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat and infiltrate the darkest corners of your soul. The only thing you'll be wanting at the end of this book - is the next one!, D. Kennedy, November 26, 2009

About the Author

Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia. In her spare time, Joleene is a freelance book cover designer and for-fun photographer. She maintains several blogs full of odd ramblings, and occasionally updates her website at She and her husband live in Villisca, Iowa near the famous – and reportedly haunted - “axe murder” house. Though she enjoys the paranormal, she refuses to invite the ghosts for a visit. Between the cats, dogs, and turtles, her house is full enough.

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  • Print Length: 251 pages
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  • Language: English
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I was in the middle of reading Charlaine Harris's True Blood series and eager to read anything else vampire that didn't have a poster, keychain, tee shirt, action figure, Xbox game, pendant, change purse, or lunch box to accompany it so I picked up Shades of Gray. Joleene's blurb begins: Dark, stunning and mysterious, Shades of Gray breaks through the barriers of modern writing and revitalizes the vampire genre for a new generation. This was enough for me, so I agreed to read it.

The book is indeed dark, stunning, and mysterious. I'll give Naylor that. Her blurb even throws a punch to "those vampires" I've already mentioned: Unlike modern, feeble vampire stories directed at teenagers and Hollywood, Shades of Gray takes us back to a time when vampires were still deadly creatures of the night and love knew no bounds. Feeble vampires? I love that.

And so we meet Katelina and Jorick. Our light and our dark. Our Juliet and Romeo. Our human and our vampire that are romantically drawn to one another, but caught up in the drama that separates our two worlds and makes things complex. Jorick hates what he is and the code he is bound to, and is willing to break it for Katelina's sake. Meanwhile, Katelina is being hunted by the vampire clan, after the mysterious death of her lover, and Jorick much choose to either save her or succumb to what he really is. A vampire.

Yep. We've read this before, or waited for the movie. And I fully admit I thought I had this book all wrapped up with a pretty bow by the time I was half way through it. But while Naylor's plot may not be completely original, her characters are. I did enjoy at least reading about adult vampires. Beware!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots Of Vampire Action! November 24, 2009
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. Usually, when there's vampires involved, I turn away because it's been done. But, I gave this book a chance and I'm so glad I did. It's so full of action you won't be able to put it down. It's an easy read, flows great, and fast paced. If you're an avid reader you'll have it done in one night, 2 tops! Even if you aren't much of a reader, it's so good you'll have it done within a few nights.

There's a character for everyone to identify with in this book. Just to name a few there's Jorick, the sexy know-it-all hero who is always a bit late. Or Katelina, the dim-witted damsel in distress that always seems to find trouble. My favorite is Kateesha, the evil mistress of darkness who will do anything to get what she desires.

On another note, I highly recommend the reader be at least 13 years old. I would consider this more of an adult book. However, I know by the age 13 that's all I was reading. It depends on what you think is acceptable for your child. There is lots of violence and a bit of sex. The sex isn't very graphic but there is one scene that is quite serious that may need some explaining to readers of a young age.

Anyway, this is a great book! I highly recommend it! The only con is that you finish it wanting to read the next book but, there isn't one.... at least not yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yay for Shades of Gray! October 6, 2010
Katelina's buddy-with-benefits is found murdered in his apartment. The result of a wild animal attack. But Katelina isn't buying it. Of course she can't explain what happened or why. Until she gets a call, "I know who killed your lover."

Now she has a chance to get the answers, all she has to do is leave behind the life she leads to immerse herself into a world that turns reality on its head. She is about to learn that there are creatures in the dark, evil vampires that want her dead because of some perceived wrong. On the run and hiding from a coven of monsters, she finds passion in the arms of the vampire who saved her life, but can she trust Jorick. Or is he just using her.

I found Shades of Gray to be a refreshing change to other vampire novels. Katelina might immerse herself in the world of vampires, but she isn't looking to join the ranks of the living dead anytime soon. And she doesn't have any super powers that help her to fight vampires, but she does her best anyways. Can't wait for the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining January 15, 2010
By Ruth
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This is one of those books that starts off with a bang and keeps going. I couldn't think of one dull moment. Even parts that could have dragged on kept my interest because they advanced the romantic sub-plot between Katelina and Jorick, which led to the question, "How far will someone go to protect someone they love?"

The book starts when Katelina recalls finding Patrick (who is sort of a boyfriend but not really) dead in his apartment. Then she gets a phone call from someone telling her that he knows who killed Patrick. She debates on whether or not to go to an isolated spot to find out--and she finally decides to go. From there, her life drastically changes because all of the sudden she's thrown into a world filled with good and evil vampires, and some want to see her dead.

I really enjoyed this book. I found the author's sense of humor wonderful, but even with humor, there are some serious moments. The key is to blend the two, and I thought the author succeeded very well with that. I would recommend this for readers who prefer more mature themes. For me, this was a definite plus. Sometimes I get bored of light reads and need something with more substance. It tackled just how evil some vampires could get, and that made me appreciate Jorick even more. Parts of it were spooky, like the house Jorick took Katelina to that had very odd people in it. That was my favorite part, especially when he warned her not to leave her bedroom until he came for her. Of course, I wanted to know why, and the author didn't disappoint me.

The story did end with me wanting to read more, so I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
All except Jorick and Oren, the vampires in this story are nasty and very messy eaters.
Katelina is not very smart or likeable.
I don't think I'll continue this series.
Published 10 days ago by Patricia Kenworthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done Vampire Adventure
Not for the faint of heart, Shades of Gray moves at dizzy pace from threats of violence to actual violence as the heroine, Katelina, struggles to survive her sudden entrance into... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Thornraven
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires the way they're supposed to be
You can forgive Katelina if she thinks the murder of her boyfriend Patrick is the worst thing that could happen to her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark R. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars it was very good.
Not your typical vampire was very good.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for any “Vampite”! FIVE STARS
Review of Shades of Gray, Amaranthine Series, Book One by Author Joleene Naylor

Katelina was a normal young woman who was in a on again off again relationship with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sonsart2
5.0 out of 5 stars Shade of Gray
I love this authors writing style. A lot of humor and action. Really good story if you like fantasy. I got this one free but after reading it I ended up buying the next 5. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beverly Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars good
This book was free what an awesome fine. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I just wanted a happy ending now I have to wait and see.
Published 6 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
If you like stories about vampires, you will love this book. It's got a little bit of everything - action, romance, characters you will love to hate, you get the idea. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marilyn M. McCaskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple awesome!
After the murder of her friend/lover, Katelina's life seemed pretty bleak. One day, while at work, she received a phone call that changed everything. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Maegan Provan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the way vampires should be
Katelina is struggling to come to grips with the death of her lover, Patrick. When a stranger calls her and asks her to meet him, she balks at the idea. Read more
Published 15 months ago by TriciaAnn
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More About the Author

Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren't for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia.

In what little time is left she watches anime and updates her blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.

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