The Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award

I’ve started following a few new blogs lately, and one wonderful blogger, Carolina, was kind enough to nominate me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!


How cool is that? Even cooler is her blog, Yesterday After, where she shares her beautiful hand made jewelry creations and more. I am especially jealous of her jewelry talents, as I’m a jewelry lover but don’t have the imagination to design it (nor the talent to make it!) Imagination and talent are something she has in spades, so check out her blog and her amazing work!

Here are the award rules:

  • Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  • Answer the 10 questions given to you.
  • Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers of their choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog

1. Why do you have a Blog? Because I love blogging. In the early 2000s I had a blog website (done in the persona of a stuffed animal pig – you had to be there), then I switched to Myspace in 2005, and then to wordpress. I love blogging so much that I have two of them – this one for my author/writing/book series stuff, and another for personal things. There’s a third for paper dolls but I don’t update it often. Oh, and a book review blog that is also random.
2. What inspire you the most? That’s hard, because everything can be inspiring, but usually it’s anime,manga, art, movies…visual things.
3. Do you like to create your work on day or night? I keep trying to switch to days, but I always end up back to nights.
4. What is your favourite book? and why? Oh this is hard! I have too many to pick just one. Right now I’m reading EG Manetti’s Bright Star and loving it. She has such a detailed world created – the little details, like measuring their day in bells instead of hours, or having a different calendar, and phrases/words unique to their society really make this series something special.
5. What mood do you have when you create? Different moods work better for different things. Whatever mood I start with, I usually end up happy. Drawing is an especially great way to cheer myself up.
6. What is your favourite Color? Red. Pink. I also like blue and… I’ll stop there.
7. Do you prefer the Ocean or Mountain? Ocean! My brother and I went to Virginia Beach once and I want to go back so bad…
8. What type of jewelry do you like? I like it to be either colorful or shiny. The really so-called beautiful or sophisticated pieces don’t appeal to me. Diamonds, for instance, are a bit boring. I like stones (like turquoise or amethyst) or fake gems better.
9. Tea or Coffee? Coffee :)
10. What is your dream? Another hard question, and one I’ve asked myself lately as I’ve tried to decide where to go from here. I’ve met all the goals I set for my author “career” –  right now I’m at a semi-serious hobby-ist level, and in order to move to the next, more serious level I’d need to devote more time to it – so do I want to set new goals and up my game (and the time I spend at it), or do I want to do something else with that time? I’d like to get back to drawing again, and I want to learn to animate, and I’m in the middle of renovating a house. Are those things more important than moving to the next level of authorship? I haven’t decided yet.

And now for my nominations! 

And here are their ten questions:

1. You’re going on vacation to a deserted island and you get five things (besides toilet paper, food, and the essentials). What do you take?

2. What’s your favorite movie or TV show?

3. What’s something you collect?

4. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

5. Cats, dogs, or squirrels?

6. What’s a hobby people might not guess you have?

7. Do you roll or fold your socks (or just stuff them in the drawer)?

8. What is the closest object on your right?

9. If you could be known for only one thing, what would it be?

10. If you were a ghost, who would you haunt?

I know some of you (cough*barb*cough) don’t always take tags, so if you don’t want to no worries. If you do, a link to your blog in the comments would be awesome, so we can all read your answers!

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Amaranthine Collector’s Editions

You asked for it! Well, okay, three people asked for it, but three people are three people and never let it be said that I disappointed anyone on purpose.

Ahem. As I was saying, “You asked for it…” The Amaranthine Collector’s Editions are now available in paperback for all seven titles, featuring the original hand drawn covers and random bonus features!

Shades of Gray


Legacy of Ghosts


Ties of Blood


Ashes of Deceit


Heart of the Raven


Children of Shadows


Clash of Legends


Those of you who love the old style covers rejoice! May there be dancing in the streets! May the wine flow freely! May…what? Overboard? Pshaw! Have YOU ever formatted a paperback book? Okay then. As I was saying, dancing, celebrating, joy and wine and croutons!

Why croutons? Why not?

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Ink Slingers Halloween Anthology

logoAfter the success of Strange Portals, the Ink Slingers’ first anthology collection, we’ve decided to do another one! This time, for Halloween.


(spooky noise)

Here’s the roundup of rules:

1) all stories must be between 1,000 words and 10,000 words. They can be original works, or they can be previously published, so long as you have the rights to them.

2) All stories must be spooky, scary, creepy, horror, or otherwise Halloween themed. They can have elves and fairies, they can have scary aliens, they can even be funny, there just needs to be something Halloween-ish about them. This will mean something different to everyone. You might take it literal and write about Halloween, or you might just have a scary ending, or you might just write about ghosts or vampires – whatever Halloween and the spooky spirit means to you.

3) Stories must stand alone without a reader *needing* to read your book. If you have a chapter that can truly stand alone then yes, you may submit that, but it needs to have a clear beginning, middle, and resolution. Stories can also tie into your book(s) in any way you’d like, so long as they make sense on their own.

4) We will not do 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.

5) You MUST have a Smashwords author account. 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. We will not hunt down accounts, so if you do not provide the link your story will not be considered. Sorry.

6) 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.

7) All entries are due by August 31st, 2015. This gives us a month to compile the anthology and have it ready for an October 1st release date on Smashwords, Amazon, etc.

8) Cover, formatting, etc. will be provided by the Ink Slingers. The anthology will be FREE to readers, so we aren’t paying authors for their stories. Sorry.

9) The only file types accepted will be .doc, .docx, .txt, and .rtf. We will NOT accept .pdfs. Images should be .jpg or .png and sent as attachments.

10) Send you short story of no more than 10,000 words to joleene(at) and include:

  • 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)
  • your author photo (optional)
  • a short blurb/synopsis of another work available for download (optional)
  • book cover for above work (optional)

If you have any questions, please leave them here or drop me a line at Joleene(at)  Thanks and I’m looking forward to your spooooooooky contributions!

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Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy

The official blog tour is coming up soon. Maegan Provan has been working overtime to get the website up and running. When you have time, take a moment to check it out, including the tour schedule – aka a schedule of free ebooks for YOU – and the very cool extras page. Are you an author? Be sure to read Maegan’s tips for how to deal with book piracy.

Want to share the tour? Or just make a statement on your blog/website? Tricia Drammeh has put together some HTML code to make it easy! Just copy the code below the image and paste it into your blog or website code. (use the HTML tab for blogs)
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Winners of the Clash of Legends Giveaway

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! has chosen the winners:


I’ve contacted each at the addresses I have for them. If you’re a winner and did not get your message please drop me a line at joleene(at)

Congrats to the winners and thanks again to everyone who entered. Look forward to more giveaways this year, including one that promises to be really, really awesome!

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Read NEW RELEASE ‘Sweet Sorrow’ by Author Tricia Drammeh FREE 9th to 12th April

Joleene Naylor:

One of my favorite authors! Get her new release for FREE!!

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

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Genre: Young Adult Romance

Rowan achieves her greatest desire when she earns the part of Juliet in the school play, but it’s impossible to concentrate on her lines when her secret crush is cast as Romeo. Eddie is a fallen football hero and the subject of widespread gossip. Not only has he lost the respect of his peers, he’s also earned the open animosity of Rowan’s father, the high school’s football coach. Eddie isn’t the only one with a tarnished past—Rowan has secrets of her own. When the truth is revealed, will Rowan replace Eddie as the most hated student in school, or will Rowan and Eddie share the stage together?



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New Cover Celebration

Yes, I am still celebrating the release of Clash of Legends, book 7 in the Amaranthine series, and the give away is still open to entries, but I have something else to celebrate, too:

The Vampire Morsels have new covers!

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And I use plural tense because all of the individual freebie stories have new covers too!

To celebrate these awesome new covers, I’m releasing Vampire Morsel number thirteen:


Ever wonder what Kateesha did to earn a death sentence from the council, or what happened when Jorick was sent to deal with her and her partner? Read the untold story of Kateesha for FREE on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks, and other fine retailers.

Let me know what you think of the new covers. Do you love them? Hate them? Have you entered the Clash of legends giveaway yet? 

Clash of Legends: Book Review

Joleene Naylor:

Tricia Drammeh was kind enough to review Clash of Legends. Check it out, and be sure to check out the many awesome posts on Authors to Watch!

Originally posted on Authors to Watch:

Clash of Legends

(Amaranthine Book 7)

By Joleene Naylor


The explosive seventh installment in the Amaranthine series brings blood, ruin, despair, and hope, for even in the darkest night there is still a moon.

After the battle in Indonesia. Katelina wakes in Samael’s domain. Though her memories are tattered, she knows someone is missing: Jorick.

Her vampire lover gathers an army to save her from the ancient, but his master Malick interferes. For five hundred years Malick has manipulated and ruined Jorick’s life. When he leaves Katelina broken and bleeding in the bowels of his oasis, it’s the final straw.

While Malick sets up his glorious war with a living legend, Jorick plans the ultimate taboo: to kill his master. He’s tried before and failed. Will this be different, or will he and Katelina be crushed in the carnage of a greater battle, between two whose blood goes back millennia?

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Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy- update

Originally posted on Maegan Provan, Author:

We still have several days open for sign ups! Please keep in mind that this is not limited to authors or bloggers of any specific genre. We want to show a united front and this means we need people from adult contemporary to young adult fantasy (and everything in between, of course.) The tour is set (currently) for the last week in May.

Click here to visit the Facebook group and join in!

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Clash of Legends’ First Review

front-coverDM Yates, author of the Always series (I’m calling it that, I’m not sure what she calls it, but they’re great books), was kind enough to post a review of Clash of Legends on her blog. 

Check it out, tell her hello, and be sure to look up the other book she mentions, Kay Kauffman’s A Song for All Seasons, which is also a new release. And be sure to look up Donna’s series!

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