One Night in the Hill Country
By Felipe Adan Lerma
In One Night in the Hill Country, a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon.
They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children.
Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.
Add note: While issues of abuse, immigration, and are integral to the story, emphasis is on trust and the meanings of family and friendship.
There is actually a nice alternation of action, suspense, humor, and tenderness.
My thoughts about Samantha
by Author Felipe Adan Lerma
Sam is a complex character. Just the fact that she uses her shortened name is reflective of that. She can be casual, and she can much more.
Her Uncle, she tells the young cousins involved in the stories with her, raised her and her brother from a young age. And calling her Sam, was his affectionate coping way of raising a female child.
She hasn’t married, or had children, but there’s no indication in the stories that she’s adverse to that. In fact, the stories of her youth she tells the six young Texas cousins she’s befriended, after helping them solve a robbery, indicate she had typical infatuations and affections.
And of course, she goes out of her way to remain friends with the six children. Taking them places, telling them stories.
So I think she’s still very much revealing herself to me. Sometimes I wish I knew everything there was about her, but she just winks and goes about her business.
I’ve no doubt she will keep surprising me – and I try and capture some of that (smiles).
Bio of Author Felipe Adan Lerma
I am a grandfather of five, dad of three, oldest of six, and have been married for 30+ years to a wonderful lady by the name of Sheila (smiles).
She and I are young seniors, and themes of family, the arts, and fitness, color nearly everything I write.
My reading interests for several years now, have veered toward mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. In my new novella, “One Night in the Hill Country,” I merge both my reading and creative interests.
In this particular work, as is my usual preference, much is suggested, without overt resort to graphic sex or violence. My wife says it’s my best work to-date. I hope you are able to give it a chance, and enjoy it also.
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Some of my friends happen to be great Authors.
Joleene is one of them!
The Halloween sale .99 each is an awesome buy!
Great reads and I recommend them highly!
Lots of love, Emily
Amaranthine Series Synopsis:
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 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.
“these books] 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
“A dark PNR with ‘let me catch my breath’ action, a dark and violent vampire world and the “be still my heart” vampire Jorick… Joleene is a gifted writer. Her tight and vivid prose is a joy to read and the dialogue and situations the characters deal with are full of emotion”
- Sharon S., reviewer for I Smell Sheep
A discussion with Jorick
Jorick: Greetings. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jorick and I’m a helpless victim in Joleene Naylor’s Amaranthine series. She’s been abusing me for six books (seven if you count her short story collection). How much can one vampire take before he snaps? How many times can I be irritated by an idiot, thwarted by some ridiculous twist or lose someone I love before it’s too much and I go over the edge?
That was a rhetorical question. *takes a deep breath* Worse, that author just left everything hanging at the end of the sixth book! She just cuts it off and – wham! We’re all left in a mess of emotional turmoil! Why would she do that?
*Jo cuts in.* I’m sorry if you object to the end of Children of Shadows, but I had to cut the story off or it would have gone for another three-hundred pages!
Jorick: You could have just given it a happy ending and left it there.
Jo: Happy ending? Please! You’d be bored senseless if I did that! You’re the one who can’t keep your nose out of things. Someone starts a war, and they make a muck up of it, and you run in and sort it out, all while grumbling that you have no choice.
Jorick: You’re the one who forces me into those situations, to “keep things interesting”. I’m not the one who scrolls through the manuscript and says, “Gee, it really needs some violence here. Who can we kill and how can we kill them?”
Jo: Of course not, because that would mean you were involved in the story, rather than just along for the ride.
Jorick: Ride? More like a nightmare trip from hell! And that redheaded idiot is the leader of the arch demons!
Jo: Are you talking about Verchiel? Arch demon is pretty harsh.
Jorick: You’re right, it’s too much for him. He’s more like a toe biting minion. If you have to keep torturing Katelina and I, the least you could do is kill the redheaded idiot. You want me to participate? I’ll set the scene for you. The sky is dark and strewn with diamond stars. The sandy beach stretches into the distance and the dark ocean rolls in and out, the waves playing a rhythmic night symphony. Suddenly, from the shadows leaps a furious vampire. His dark eyes blaze and his heroic muscles bulge as he leaps on his red-haired prey and knocks him to the ground. With a single swift motion he-
Jo: Whoa, wait a minute. First of all, we are NOT killing Verchiel. Second of all – Heroic muscles? If I wrote that I’d be laughed out of the book business.
Jorick: I’ve read your…work. Heroic muscles is an improvement. And why can’t we kill him? He serves no purpose except to irritate me, harass Katelina, and try to create the hint of a love triangle, which we clearly don’t need. Katelina and I are perfectly happy together and he is nothing more than in irritant!
Jo: And there’s the truth. You’re jealous! You’re afraid he’s going to get his triangle. Or that he’s going to turn her. Or link her. You know, I actually thought about that.
Jo: *shrugs* It was a passing thought. You’d be surprised how many interesting ideas I have that I don’t do anything with. Like a Katelina/Kateesha scene I abandoned. That’s really the hard part of being the author. Everything you write is canon. It’s not like some fanfic writer who can do outlandish things and then walk away, no harm done.
Jorick: Then why don’t you go write fanfic and leave us alone?
Jo: I’ve thought about it. Not leaving you alone, but writing my own fanfics. I could post them under a fake name and have all kinds of fun. Think of all the things we could do! I could kill you one by one and have no repercussions! I could send Katelina on a wild weekend with Micah-
Jorick: WHAT? Are you insane? She would never-
Jo: Hello! That’s the point of fan fiction. Never mind. I have too many things to do to listen to you complain. I just stopped in to say hello to Emily. I should also thank her for putting up with you.
Jorick: You should thank her for putting up with you and your inane idea of a guest post. This was really the best you could do?
Jo: *waves her magic writer’s wand* *Jorick disappears* Goodbye Jorick! Thanks for playing! As I was saying, thanks so much for having us over today. Sorry that Jorick complained so much, but you know how he is. He wouldn’t be happy if I stabbed him in the heart with a new stake!
If you’d like to learn more about Jorick, Verchiel and the rest of the chaotic cast you can check out my blog at http://JoleeneNaylor.wordpress.com or my website at http://JoleeneNaylor.com
If you’d like to read Jorick and Katelina’s adventures, you can pick them up for only $.99 each until Halloween from:
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BIO of Author Joleene Naylor:
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 JoleeneNaylor.com. 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.
October 17, 2014 | Categories: Paranormal Romance, Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Arts, Author, Blood, Book, Books, Emily Guido, Facebook, Interview, Joleene Naylor, Jorick, Literature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Pay it Forward, Pay it Forward Friday, Romance, Vampire, Vampires | 8 Comments