Cover Reveal: Aine

Today is the day! Here, at last, is the cover that Tales from the Executioners: Aine deserves:

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You can nab it FREE on Smashwords:

The first in a collection called Tales of the Executioners about the vampires in the elite “police force”. As one of the newest, Aine gets the job nobody wants: arresting a vampire for breaking The Laws. While everything goes wrong around him, he discovers that his target has broken yet another law…one that could get him into trouble, too.

Look for another new cover later this month! Also, hopefully the pre-order will be up soon-ish for Goddess of Night. Stay tuned!

 

Tales of the Executioners: New Covers

The cover to the newest Tales of the Executioners was so popular that I’ve decided to replace the previous six with matching covers, and use the same template going forward for the rest of the series (more about that later).

But, why do it all at once when I can drag it out? Six books, twelve weeks until Goddess of Night is released…I think you can see where this is going. A new cover every two weeks. First up is going to be Aine:

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Short Story. Not for children. The first in a collection called Tales of the Executioners about the vampires in the elite “police force”. As one of the newest, Aine gets the job nobody wants: arresting a vampire for breaking The Laws. While everything goes wrong around him, he discovers that his target has broken yet another law…one that could get him into trouble, too.

 

Tales of the Executioners: Lisiantha

Now available!

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FREE!*

After a bad breakup, Lisiantha returns to her rural coven. Dreading a run in with her ex, Josh, she soon has more important things to worry about: her master made a mistake and a warring coven wants her blood. Can Lisiantha and Josh find a way to save her – and maybe rekindle an old love in the process? Even vampires enjoy a Hallmark-style Christmas special.

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*Sadly, Amazon is charging $.99 😦

Cover Reveal: Lisiantha

The newest of the Tales of the Executioners lands just in time for Christmas!

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Lisiantha runs away from her rural coven, but fifty years later, after a nasty breakup, she comes crawling back, her fledgling in tow. Dreading a run in with her ex, Josh, she soon has more important things to worry about. Her master made a mistake and now a warring coven wants her blood. Can she find a way to save her – and maybe save herself in the process? Even vampires enjoy a Hallmark-style Christmas special.

Includes the (maybe) Special Edition cover.

Why maybe? Because depending on what you guys think, I may redo ALL the Tales of the Executioners covers to match this one!

In the meantime, expect the book to hit everywhere by the end of the week, including Amazon (though they will unfortunately charge you $.99 for it). Want it NOW and FREE? Then hit Smashwords, where it is already available. 

What do you think> Like this cover better, or the usual hand drawn ones?

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Coming Soon…

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Coming Soon… In time for Christmas. Tales of the Executioners – Lisiantha: Home for Christmas – because even vampires enjoy a heartwarming Hallmark Christmas Special – especially one with a special limited time cover!

Also join me every day on my author page on facebook for the Thirteen days of Vampire Christmas Fun!

 

Thirteen Days of Vampire Christmas Fun!

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Everyone’s heard of the twelve days of Christmas, but who has heard of thirteen? Vampires like to do things a little differently, and so to celebrate the holidays we’re going to have Thirteen Days of Vampire Christmas Fun on my Facebook author page! Each day, at nine a.m., from December 12th through the 24th, I’ll post a new game in the morning that you can play ALL DAY. So come play along with us and invite your friends! 

Hope to see you there!

 

Vampire Christmas Takeover!

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Tomorrow I and the Amaranthine crew will be taking over Book Born! I’m planning to start around 2pm, weather permitting, but even if we run a little late, that’s okay because it lasts until 10 PM central! So come on down tomorrow for games, prizes, and lots of Holiday fun!

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yes, these fun homemade vampire ornaments will be the prizes!

Hope to see you there!

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Anthology Deadline Extended to January

*By popular demand, we’ve extended the deadline to January 1st, 2017*

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Ol’ Man Wickleberry, rest his soul, died in the 1920s, attacked by a bear…or was it a zombie? I heard he was rabbit hunting…or was he prospecting? Or maybe he was defending his cabin from wild squirrels? At least we can all agree he died in northern Michigan – or did he? Maybe he was in California and his body was brought back to his family, and so now his ghost walks the beaches of lake Huron. Or maybe he spends his everafter trolling guests at a vacation lodge, or interrupting writers who stay up too late, or…

That’s the trouble with Ol’ Man Wickleberry, there are just too many legends! Heck, we’re not even completely sure when he died! In an effort to find the truth, Book Born, in conjunction with the Ink Slingers League, has decided to gather those legends into a single volume – an anthology if you will – where the proceeds benefit the Book Born 2017 Retreat Fund.

AUTHORS:

1) You do NOT have to be a “published” author to join us! Even if you’ve never published before – whether indy, self, or traditional- you can still submit a story

2) All stories must be between 1,000 words and 10,000 words.

3) All stories must be about Ol’ Man Wickleberry. They can be in his PoV, or anyone else’s – someone he is haunting, his dear old mother, whatever you can think of. They can be about how he met his end, or they can be about his ghostly afterlife (though they should at least mention what led to his grisly demise).

4) Stories can have adult components (such as language or violence) but please no erotica or heavily sexual stories. Ol’ Man Wickleberry doesn’t seem like the type to be gettin’ it on.

5) You MUST have a Smashwords author account. Smashwords’ rules, not mine. You don’t have to sell any books on Smashwords to make this account – it’s free and easy – but you have to have one for us to link to in the metadata.

6) We don’t guarantee any editing, so make sure you’ve done it before you submit. If a story has a lot of typos or errors we will reject it. We will also not update your story later. If you write a “better” version or a new author bio, or anything else. Once it’s published, it’s published, so make sure it’s the way you want it before you submit it.

7) You will NOT be paid. Though the anthology will be for sale, all proceeds will go to the Book Born 2017 Expo & Retreat Fund. This fund helps offset the cost of the first ever Book Born Expo and annual Book Born Retreat, which is currently set for October 2017 (pending finalization). If you’d like more information on either, please join the Book Born Facebook group where more it will be posted.

8) We do NOT require exclusive rights. It’s your story, and if you want to publish it elsewhere, go ahead. However, because there is money involved I will send you a basic contract that just says yes we have the right to use it and no, you know you’re not getting paid. You can get a copy of the contract here – it’s a word document, so please fill your info in and include it with your story. You must sign the contract for the story to be used.

9) All entries are due by January 1st, 2017. This gives us a month to compile the anthology and have it ready for a February 1st release on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

9) Cover, formatting, etc. will be provided by the Ink Slingers.

10) The only file types accepted will be .doc, .docx, .txt, and .rtf. We will NOT accept .pdfs.

11) Send your short story of no more than 10,000 words to joleene(at)joleenenaylor.com and include:

  • the signed contract as a separate attachment
  • your smashwords link
  • your author name and story title
  • a short blurb/synopsis of the story
  • your author bio
  • your website or blog link (optional)
  • a short blurb/synopsis of another work available for download (optional)

If you have any questions, please leave them here or drop me a line at Joleene(at)JoleeneNaylor.com.  Thanks and I’m looking forward to what you come up with.

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First Day, First Paragraph Tag

first-day-first-paragraph-tag.jpgI was tagged by Rami Ungarrrrrr (sorry, I,ve been doing that in my head, like a pirate Arrrr so I remember to spell it with an “a” and not an “e”. Ignore me.) Anyway, as I was saying, I was tagged by the great horror author Rami Ungar to join in the First Day, First Paragraph tag. It’s a lot of fun, so here we go:

Those who have been tagged have to:

  1. Publish your own post on the first day of the next month.(if I tag you now, you will post January first. Afraid you’ll forget? Schedule it in advance!)
  2. Use the graphic above
  3. Thank and link back to the person who tagged you. (Thank you, Rami!)
  4. Explain the rules, like I’m doing now.
  5. Post the first paragraph of a story you’ve written, are writing, or plan to write someday.
  6. Ask your readers for feedback.
  7. Finally, tag someone to do the post next month (as I said, you’ll post January 1st), and comment on one of their posts to let them know the good news.

All right, so I’ve done everything except my paragraph and my tag. So first I am tagging the incredible Caitlin Coppola (It was really hard to just pick one person!) And now for the opening paragraph to Goddess of Night (which will probably change later):

SPOILER WARNING – if you haven’t read the series, this might be a spoiler. I warned you.

Katelina stared at herself in the bathtub mirror. The blue eyes that looked back held prism colors that she wasn’t used to. Long blond hair fell past her shoulders in salon perfect waves, and her pale skin was too perfect – no blotches or pimples. She looked like an airbrushed magazine version of herself.

And now for your feedback! As I said, it will probably change because i may change where the book starts, but anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks again to Rami for the tag, and be sure to check out his blog – and his books!

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Read Free.ly Top 100!

I am so excited to tell you that Masque of the Vampire has made it into the top 100 in the paranormal category at Read Free.ly !

This month they will be voting to whittle that down to the top 50 – with the top three books winning cash prizes of 300$, 200$, and 100$. So, if you get a moment during today’s turkey induced coma (or any day between now and the end of the month) please go vote!  (this is a direct voting link so all you need to do once you’re there is fill in your twitter and/or email address to help prevent people cheat voting.)

There are also other categories, so check them out as well!

Thanks so much!

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