I hate people who post blog after blog of links to their amazing reviews, but at the same time I want to say a big public thank you to Amanda of Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog for taking the time to read and review Shades of Gray. It really means a lot!
So, to give this post a little more bite, I thought I’d share something funny I ran into the other day. You may remember the publicity surrounding the alleged proof of Nicolas Cage’s vampire-ness? Did you know John Travolta is one, too?
Okay, so you may have seen this already, as it similarly appeared on ebay around the same time as Nicolas’ supposed photo, but I thought it was still fun, anyway!
And as a special bonus link, for all you authors out there, check out Donna Yates post full of tips for your book release!
Posted by Joleene Naylor on April 16, 2013
It’s the spanky new Character Gallery! That’s right, the character gallery I have been promising people for over a year is finally up – on my blog, that is. Alas my webtech has not gotten it working on the website yet, so I have superseded him and put it here. You can access the bios and concept drawings of 28 characters and 12 Executioners on the Meet the Characters page. Not only will it help you keep track of who all those pesky characters are, but it gives me somewhere to post the artwork I keep churning out.
Speaking of the website, I am in the middle of redesigning it. Okay, not the middle, the beginning stages, but a redesgin and streamline is eventually coming. Now’s your chance to tell me what you like or don’t like about the site, what you’d like to see, or what you think can go, go, go. Of course the main focus is going to be on the books with a minor focus on the cover art, and I think I may leave the photography section just because it’s cool. However, I think the short stories, poems and artwork sections may bite the big one.
So, if you haven’t checked it out before, do so now – http://JoleeneNaylor.com – sometimes it takes a moment or two to load on slower connections, and in some browsers the “loading” does not show up for some reason, so give it a moment before you say “It’s not working”. (this is one of the things that will be addressed in the new design). Then, share your thoughts in the comments.
Have a great day!
Posted by Joleene Naylor on April 3, 2013
Get a copy today!
It’s almost Valentines Day, so I thought I’d repost this as it seems fitting.
Jorick and Katelina are cooking up a storm (erm, sort of..) in the a flash fiction story That Certain Sparkle, which you can read in the FREE flash fiction/cookbook collection Love in the Kitchen: Recipes and Flash Fiction compiled by Ashlynn Monroe.
Jorick and Katelina aren’t the only ones serving up their own brand of romance. You can also find stories and recipes from authors Ryan Loveless, Leanne Dyck, Julie Lynn Hayes, Eden Baylee, J.M. Kelley, Berengaria Brown, Amy Valenti, Valerie Holyoak, Lily Sawyer and Ashlynn Monroe.
Get your Free copy from Smashwords and get to cookin’!
Posted by Joleene Naylor on February 1, 2013
Donna gave 101 Tips ten Rubber Ducks – check her post to see what I mean!
Fellow author DM Yates has been kind enough to post her reviews of Vampire Morsels Short Story Collection and 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire on her blog. On top of that, she is offering a prize pack of a copy of Vampire Morsels and Shades of Gray to two lucky commenters delivered straight to your Kindle – no download codes or fuss. To enter, check out her blog and leave a comment – it’s that simple!
While you’re there, be sure to check out her other posts and her debut novel Always which I would list as one of my favorite reads in 2012!
Posted by Joleene Naylor on January 30, 2013
How do you make a Jorick?
Can you guess the finishing ingredient in a Verchiel?
For your dining pleasure I’ve whipped up a couple of delicious recipes at the Alpha Male Diner, over on the I Smell Sheep blog. Not only can you sample two hot and tasty dishes, but while you’re there you can enter for a chance to win paperback copies of BOTH the special editions – that’s all four books in one awesome prize pack. Read, sample, taste, win. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Be sure to check out I Smell Sheep’s other great contests and promotions.
Posted by Joleene Naylor on January 10, 2013
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US!!
This funky card is created by Joleene Naylor.
Create your own funky card at CardFunk.
Posted by Joleene Naylor on December 23, 2012
Yes, this is an interview between Top Secret Writers and Sappho Wolf, the founder of VampGeist. Though she doesn’t seem to be the blood drinking skulk in the alley kind of vampire, it’s still an interesting interview, as are the comments below. I say comments, but miniature war might be better, as there are different “types” of vampires arguing over the contents. Though it’s a couple of years old, I just stumbled across it the other day, and it’s certainly worth a read.
Posted by Joleene Naylor on December 12, 2012
At least if you’re going to Zarozje, a tiny hamlet in Western Serbia. A local council has warned residents to hang crosses in their rooms and carry garlic to ward of the vampire, Sava Savanovic. According to legend, the vampire lived, and killed, in a small mill, which has recently collapsed. With his den in ruins, the vampire is said to be seeking a new home.
While foreigners are laughing, some of the locals aren’t. Miodrag Vujetic, a local municipal council member, has reportedly said, ”Five people have recently died one after another in our small community, one hanging himself. This is not by accident.” Milka Prokic,a local housewife, had this to say, ”The story of Sava Savanovic is a legend, but strange things did occur in these parts back in the old days.”
Of course, there are always the tourists to consider. Vampires are a popular, pop culture icon at the moment, and the idea that paranormal lovers might flock to the area has crossed the locals’ minds.
As Vujetic has said, ”If Romanians could profit on the Dracula legend with the tourists visiting Transylvania, why can’t we do the same with Sava?”
So, is it a tourist trick, or is the tiny hamlet really besieged by a homeless vampire looking for victims? If your Holiday travel plans involve a stay in this are you might want to take some garlic. Just in case.
For more info check out: ABC news story
Thanks to Angie Bailey for the story! Check out her blog at http://lariatsandlavender.blogspot.com/ where she has Vampirism Mondays every week!
Posted by Joleene Naylor on December 2, 2012
Amaranthine – the exciting, action packed paranormal series from Joleene Naylor:
Pulled into a world of darkness, Katelina’s fate is intertwined with Jorick, a dark, enigmatic vampire. To stay by his side, she must navigate fields of intrigue, terror and bloodshed as they’re drawn from one vampire war to another. Join Katelina and Jorick in a world where vampires don’t sparkle and night is eternal.
Here’s an excerpt from book 4, Ashes of Deceit:
Katelina woke and blinked groggily. Cold air blew her hair in her face and she made to wipe it away, except that her arms didn’t work right. They weren’t the only thing. Her legs felt like lead and when she moved them nothing happened.
“She’s waking up.”
In her half coherent state it took Katelina a moment to recognize the voice. It was Kioko, the Executioner.
The last several hours crashed over her and she suddenly remembered. As she came to terms with the memories, she sought Jorick and found him, still unconscious, hanging over Ark’s back. She forced her eyes and mind to focus and realized she was on the runway of a rural airport, draped over Kioko’s impatient shoulder. Behind them was a small airplane and above them the sky was black; the stars blotted out by bright ground lights. A chilly mist gave the lights an otherworldly halo and made the air smell like damp, dead grass. Katelina shivered and wondered if she was in Iowa.
Probably, since we’re going to the Citadel.
Just that phrase was enough to fill her with fear. She remembered the last visit and her encounter with Malick, the head of The Guild and Jorick’s ancient master; the way he’d lain her mind bare and probed through it at his leisure. She didn’t think she could do it again.
In 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?
Get the book from Smashwords , Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, or Apple or check out the Cyber Monday sale to get the Special Editions – all four books for only $6.00!
Posted by Joleene Naylor on November 25, 2012
To celebrate one of my favorite holidays, i want to give you a gift, so, until Nov 2, 2012, download Vampire Morsels Short Story Collection FREE!
Just visit smashwords at :
and add the book to your cart. At checkout enter the code:
and that’s it! Feel free to share the promotion with your friends, family, coworkers… anyone who could do with a little vampire fun and have a safe and happy Halloween!
Posted by Joleene Naylor on October 31, 2012