All you have to do is send an email to jamiesonwolf at gmail dot com and put Happy Love Day Contest in the subject line. I’ll draw winners on the 14th of February, so you’ll have your new book as a Valentine treat! Books are AWESOME for Valentine’s Day. Well, and flowers and chocolate. Just saying.
Here’s what’s up for grabs
5 copies of In the Dead of Night, my brand new post apocalyptic zombie romance release! Zombies rock.
3 sets of The Deep Woods Trilogy (Night of Leaves, Night of Air, Night of Stars)
1 set of The Valentine Chronicles (Valentine, Valentine’s Labyrinth. Valentine’s Heart is already free to download along with a sexy soundtrack! Awesome!)
You have until February 13th at midnight to enter. I will draw the winner while I’m having my morning coffee on the 14th (around 4am Eastern Time) out of a cup. A little Valentine’s Day treat from me to you.
That’s like 17 books up for grabs! Sweet! So send an email to jamiesonwolf at gmail dot com by the 13th, be reading a new book (or trilogy!) while you wait for for something special and wonderful to happen.
Yay Love Day!
I was going to do my usual mushy Valentine’s Day post to celebrate the upcoming Love Day when it occurred to me that I’ve written the book on Valentine’s Day. Literally.
My very first romance novel to be published was based off of the myth of St. Valentine. I ended up writing two more.
The trilogy was based off of the actual legend of St. Valentine.
According to legend, as early as the fourth century B.C., the Romans engaged in an annual young man’s rite to passage to the god Lupercus. The names of the teenage women were placed in a box and drawn at random by adolescent men; thus, a man was assigned a woman companion for the duration of the year, after which another lottery was staged.
After eight hundred years of this, the early church fathers sought to end this practice and promote monogamy. They found an answer in Valentine, a bishop who had been martyred some two hundred years earlier. According to church tradition, St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 A.D. At that time, the Roman Emperor, Claudius II, had issued an edict forbidding marriage. This was around when the heyday of Roman Empire had almost come to an end.
When Claudius became the emperor, he discerned that married men were more emotionally attached to their families, and thus, would not make good soldiers. So to assure quality soldiers, he banned marriage.
Valentine, a bishop who witnessed the trauma of young lovers, met them in a secret place and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned of this “friend of lovers,” and had him arrested. The emperor, impressed with the young priest’s dignity and conviction, attempted to convert him to the Roman gods, to save him from certain execution. Valentine refused to recognize Roman gods and even attempted to convert the emperor, knowing the consequences fully.
On February 24, 270, Valentine was executed.
While Valentine was in prison awaiting his fate, he came in contact with his jailor, Asterius. The jailor had a blind daughter. Asterius requested him to heal his daughter. Through his faith, he miraculously restored girl’s sight. Just before his execution, he asked for a pen and paper from his jailor, and signed a farewell message to her, “From Your Valentine.” A phrase that lived ever after.
I have taken certain liberties with the characters of Valentine and Asterius. Though there are no historical records, there is nothing to indicate that the two men did not meet before Valentine’s imprisonment; that there was not a spark of something more between the two.
And that is where my story of Valentine begins
Here’s a bit about the Valentine Chronicles trilogy:
Meet Valentine, a sorcerer in the heyday of the Roman Empire. Though Claudius has made a decree forbidding marriage, Valentine weds people in honour of the God Lespercus.
He knows that his magic, his work, comes from a higher power than the Roman Emperor. When he is visited by Asterius, the chief of the Roman Guard, Valentine falls in love with him. But how can he love someone who is supposed to be an enemy?
Valentine will have to free his heart and face death in order to become the man of legend…
After battling evil in the form of Emperor Claudius II of Rome, Valentine is in hiding.
Having fled with his lover Asterius, the former Chief of the Roman Guard, Valentine’s heart should be comforted. But his thoughts keep drifting to Anna, his former priestess.
Asterius will help Valentine forget all about Anna. And dream all about him…
t is 270 A.D. Valentine, cleric and sorcerer, is on the run from Emperor Claudius and is in hiding. With his lover Asterius by his side, every day is magic.
But something is wrong. A dark force hunt them. Lady Magnolia is on the hunt for blood. She wants Asterius and Valentines blood and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
Lady Magnolia has a plan. She will use, Anna, Valentine’s former Priestess, as bait in a trap. When the trap is sprung, everyone will be in danger.
Valentine will have to face his darkest hour yet if the people he loves are to live…
Since Valentine was my very first romance novel, I went all out promoting it. So here’s the best part of all of this. Valentine’s Heart is available to read/download for FREE! Even cooler, why not check out Valentine’s Symphony where you can download a soundtrack for the book, watch two book trailers and read an excerpt from Valentine.
The soundtrack, called Valentine’s Symphony, has one track for each of the books chapters plus one for each of the three main characters. Download it here:
Whatever you’re doing this upcoming Valentine’s Day, I hope it’s something you love.
Five weeks ago today, I was diagnosed with a temporary condition called Labyrinthitis. It is defined thusly:
Labyrinthitis is an ear disorder that involves irritation and swelling (inflammation) of the inner ear. The symptoms can be as follows:
Some people get only some of the symptoms. I got all of them. You can read a full description of Labyrinthitis here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002049/
There is a two to six week recovery time. Today is the start of week five, so I’m almost there. It may go longer than six weeks, as that is just an average time, but here’s hoping that I’m almost through the woods.
As I’ve been healing, I’ve become more thankful for the simpler things that I am able to do again. Some may seem very simple but I am thankful nonetheless. I thought I’d list them here so that I can remind myself not to take any of these things for granted again. Here they are in no particular order:
Like I said, these are all very simple things, things that you don’t think about during your day to day life because you always do them. I certainly didn’t give them a second thought until I couldn’t do them.
I’ve still got one or two weeks of recovery left, so I’m not completely well yet. There is still a bit of vertigo, the hearing in my left ear hasn’t come back completely. But both have dissipated and I’m getting there. That has to count for something right?
Most of all, though, I am thankful for three very important people that helped me get through this. Without them, I would have been lost inside the labyrinth, as it were. I am thankful for
To them, I am thankful beyond words. Saying thank you just doesn’t seem like enough, but they know what I mean (I hope).
I’m also thankful for all of you who have sent me get well emails and Facebook notes. It’s helped knowing that there are people out there who care enough to send me happy vibes. They helped for sure.
So I guess if I have learned anything in the past five weeks, it is to be thankful for the small victories, the simple joys. They are the most meaningful, after all.
I’m super thrilled that my post apocalyptic zombie romance novel, In the Dead of Night, is available now! I’m so thrilled that the novel has finally been released, it’s one of my favourite works and that’s saying something!
Here’s a bit about In the Dead of Night:
Ikarus remembers nothing.
One moment there was darkness and the next, there was light. However, Ikarus Kane remembered nothing.
The world he knew is gone. Waking from a coma, he finds the world as he knew it greatly changed. It is now infested with the living dead. Ikarus has one choice: find shelter and hide or risk becoming one of them.
He finds shelter in an abandoned bed and breakfast. But there is someone there already. Mikhail Jones is a man who has survived more than just the zombie apocalypse. There is something about him that sets Ikarus’ body on fire and, despite knowing him only moments, he wants Mikahil desperately.
Ikarus is more powerful than he knows, however. Ikarus and Mikhail become entangled in a fight for survival where only they can save the world; only they don’t know it yet. They are part of an ancient prophecy that has been set in motion.
When they find a woman named Ruthe in one of the bedrooms upstairs, with no memory of how she got there, things are only beginning to get interesting.
In a desperate race to find answers, Ikarus and Mikhail cling to the only thing that feels right: each other.
They will need the love that blooms between them if they are all to survive the night…
You can get your copy here:
It’s a full length novel and it’ll only cost you $3.19! That’s less than a latte at Starbucks! Why not treat yourself and a friend too?
And while you’re at it, make sure to download the free eBook prequel, Dawning of the Dead! You can read it online here:
Or download the eBook here:
Coming soon: the book trailer! And even cooler, there will be a sequel titled In the Light of Day! But that’s a ways off yet as I have to write it. LOL
So download your copy of In the Dead of Night here:
Check it out! My zombie novel In the Dead of Night releases tomorrow from Breathless Press! To celebrate, I thought I’d do something fun. What is that, you ask?
A FREE EBOOK PREQUEL! It’s titled Dawning of the Dead and runs just over three thousand words. For those of you who don’t have eReaders, don’t worry. You can read the novella online at Wattpad here:
And for those of you who do have an eReader, why not download the eBook at Smashwords here:
Here’s a little bit about Dawning of the Dead:
Ikarus Kane’s life has turned into something out of a nightmare. After a horrific car crash, he wakes in the hospital to find the world he knows greatly changed. There are no people roaming the streets, only the hungry dead that feast on flesh. Human civilization as he knows it is gone. All that exists is the need to survive. What Ikarus doesn’t know is that he spent nine years in a coma. All that exists now is survival. It’s either fight or be eaten and only the strong will prevail. And Ikarus is about to learn of his destiny in this new dark world, in the dead of night… Dawning of the Dead is a prequel novella that is free to read. However, it’s only the beginning of Ikarus’ adventure. Find out what happens before Ikarus’ adventure begins with In the Dead of Night, available from Breathless Press.
Even cooler? The eBook includes the first chapter of In the Dead of Night! Woohooo!
And if you wan to continue the zombie action, why not pre-order In the Dead of Night here:
More news coming tomorrow! In the meantime, enjoy Dawning of the Dead!