#FirstLineFriday

Happy Friday! With Friday comes not only the weekend, but also First Line Friday where authors share the first line or two of a story, novel, work in progress, or even an abandoned work. Authors title their post #FirstLineFriday – just like this – and then the fun begins.

Speaking of abandoned, this week I dug through some old files looking for something (which of course was not labeled) so I had to read a bunch of old documents. Among them I found a two paragraph beginning of…of I have no idea. Maybe it was a book. Maybe it was a short story. Either way, I’ve now saved it in a new folder and may try to use it for a story about Xandria one of these days.

The night spread above; the sky a black curtain dotted with tiny diamond stars. Street lamps glowed like artificial suns and lent their surreal light to two lonely figures.

When will I actually use these lines to make a story? I have no idea. I need to finish Beldren still, and then get back to Masque of the Vampire (book 8). Speaking of book 8, preorder links are starting to appear – it’s up at Barnes and Noble. The description and cover are  more placeholders than anything, but it’s there anyway.

If you enjoyed this blog, why not join #FirstLineFriday? I look forward to your first lines!

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Facebook Party Seeking Vampire Authors

3dbannerYou might have seen mentions of the week long Amaranthine Facebook party coming to a device near you October 11th – 17th, 2015. Each day will have a theme, with Thursday the 15th being a “Featured Author Day” where I’d like to feature fellow paranormal authors. If you – or someone you know – would be interested, then please read on:

How it Works:

If you’re not familiar with the term facebook party, it is essentially an online “gathering” – guests don’t need to be online for the whole duration, or even necessarily at a set time. They can “check in” as often as they like and participate in games, discussions, and chances for prizes. For instance on Day 1 I will post a thread asking guests to name an interesting fact about themselves – it can be anything – and encourage them to reply to one another’s comments. This post/thread will remain “open” until the end of the day. Then I’ll have random.org choose one commenter to win the big prize of the day – a paperback copy of the Amaranthine Files handbook. Meanwhile, through out the day, I will post three other smaller games/discussion topics such as “What’s your favorite vampire movie?”, “What’s your favorite vampire TV show”, and a game using your name and birth date to determine your “Amaranthine Book Name”. Each of those will have smaller prizes and the play time for them may be an hour to two hours from the post time – meaning that after an hour or two the game “closes” and random.org chooses a winner. In between I may – or may not – post some excerpts of stuff I’m working on or random posts designed to generate comments. The other days will follow the same formula, including the “Featured Author Day”.

On the Featured author day I would like to give each author a chunk of time – for instance if we have three authors one could have 9am-1pm, one could have 1pm-5pm, and the third could have 5pm-9pm. It could be divided differently, but you get the idea. During each of those, one of the three small prizes can be given away, and the large one will go to a commenter who participated in at least one post from ALL the featured authors.

Ideally three authors would work best since there are three prizes BUT if there were more I could look for extra prizes.

Prizes:

I mentioned prizes up there – but don’t worry! – I’ve already purchased them! The small prizes are a vampire bat antenna topper, a book light, and a bracelet, and the big prize is a baseball cap with vampire pins/buttons.

What I need from you:

First, I need to know you want to do it! Then which time slot/small prize would best fit you and your work (Donna – that bracelet has butterflies on it – just saying). On the 15th you’ll need to be on hand during the time you’ve chosen – not necessarily the WHOLE time, but you should be able to check in at least once an hour to reply to comments.

Before the 15th I would need your “prize post” – this can be a game people play and comment on, a discussion question, or an excerpt of your book that guests comment on (You can google ides if you need to). If it’s text based I’ll need it in the body of an email, and if it is image based, sent as an attachment. I will also need your author bio, your links – facebook, website, blog, facebook author page, book links to *no more than three books*, preferably vampire related – book cover, book blurb, author photo, and an excerpt of between 500-900 words. I will post your author page (if you have one- otherwise just your links) when I introduce you, and invite guests to ask you questions and like your page. Later during your time slot I will post your excerpt with info where to get the book, and in another post I will put up your “prize post”. If you have multiple books I will share them as individual posts during your slot as well. If you’d like more posted – that would be great! Just make sure I have all of the material on hand before October 15th. You could also make posts of your own if you wanted to. Though I am making the initial posts, you will need to reply to comments on them. I don’t foresee us being swamped by millions of replies (sadly) so checking in at least once an hour should work fine.

I’m pretty sure you have to be “going” to the event in order to comment/post.

What if my vampire novel isn’t published yet?

That’s okay! We can still promote your author page, blog, website, and post excerpts of the “upcoming” book.  We can also run links for up to two non-vampire books.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Let me know in the comments or shoot em an email at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor.com 

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#First Line Friday

Photo by Joel Bedford used under CC license

Happy Friday! Why is it happy? It’s the end of the work week and it’s also time for   #FirstLineFriday! On Friday, authors post the first one or first two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a published work  on their blog, titling the post #FirstLineFriday (like just this). It’s  a lot of fun, so feel free to join in!

Today’s first line comes from Beldren, a Tales of the Executioners short story that I may end up putting in the anthology instead of the other one I had planned. I just can’t stand the idea of having no vampires at all.

“It is time to take what we are owed,” Matthias cried, and slammed his fist on the rough table.

Of course, Marjorie and Gordon (who still need a title) will still get to go in, so it’s just the old stories I am putting back on the shelf. That is if I can get this done in time.

So, is this first line better than my last one? Do you like a story that jumps into the action, or has some set up first?

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Wattpad, Pre-Orders, Prizes and More!

I’ve been a member of wattpad for five years but I’ve never done anything with it. Time to change that. Aside from setting it up I have posted Adam, one of the Vampire Morsels. I’m going to try to post the others – spread out over time – and may eventually put up chapters of Patrick, though we’ll see how that goes. Anyway, if you’re a wattpad reader stop in and say hello!

In other news I’m working on Beldren’s short story, which will hopefully go in the Ink Slinger’s Halloween Anthology, and Patrick is completely rough-drafted. As for book 8 – Masque of the Vampire – it is started and will be released April 1st, 2016. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke. Don’t believe me, here’s the page on Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/570868 – As such, I think pre-order links from Barnes and Noble, Apple, and others will follow as I get them. The cover silhouette will change later, and hopefully I’ll come up with a better description, but hey, it’s up at least!

And speaking of coming up with things, you can still enter to win an autographed paperback at the Facebook Party. It’s super easy to use the cover generators – some of them take as little as two minutes – you just click on what image you want to add, drag it where you want, and hit “download” – the current banner literally took me two minutes to make on one of them. It takes longer than that to earn the price of a paperback at your job (unless you’ve got a really good job! If you do, let me know when they’re hiring – ha ha!)

On the subject of the Facebook party, prizes are continuing to arrive in my mailbox. In fact I have seventeen of the twenty-five waiting patiently for their new homes, including an autographed copy of the Amaranthine Files, a handmade set of Jorick and Verchiel dolls, nail polish, jewelry, and a wax sealing kit (for that official vampire correspondence). It’s going to be a lot of fun, so be sure to head on over and click  “going”. 

Hope to see you there!

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Feature on Yesterday After

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Carolina is a blogger who is not only talented but also amazingly sweety.  Every week she features a different blogger on her wonderful blog. This week she has been kind enough to feature me!
If you get a chance, please check out out and ten her hello, and while you’re there be sure to check out her other great featured bloggers and her amazing art!

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#FirstLineFriday

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Photo by Joleene Naylor

Good morning, Americans. It’s Friday. No, I’m not Paul Harvey, but you can tell I listened to him as a kid. Anyway, Friday means #FirstLineFriday! On Friday, authors post the first one or first two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a published work  on their blog, titling the post #FirstLineFriday (like just now). It’s  a lot of fun, so feel free to join in!

Today’s first line comes from a short story I need to title quickly (titles are not my strong point) so that I can tuck it into the Ink Slinger’s Halloween Anthology. Sadly there are no vampires in this one!

Bugs chirped in thick grass and the sun descended in a pool of golden glow. A tiny car zipped down the country lane.

Maybe not the greatest opening… Originally it just jumped right into it:

“You thought about throwing me to the wolves, didn’t you?”

Marjorie shrugged. “Didn’t you?”

More exciting, but with no setting it seemed a bit confusing. What do you think?

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Enter for a Chance at an Autographed Paperback

How would you like to win an autographed paperback? Even better, how would you like to choose WHICH paperback you win – including the Collector’s Editions and the brand new Amaranthine Files handbook? To enter all you need is a facebook account and five minutes.

As I mentioned previously, I’m hosting a Halloween party in October on Facebook. An important part of any facebook event is the banner (or cover) at the top of the page:

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The one I have set now is pretty boring, and I *know* you can come up with a better one! In fact, I’m counting on it.

How To Make A Cover Image:

You can use any image editing program you want (paintbrush, GIMP, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, you name it) OR you can use an online cover creator. I’ve found a few that are not only FREE but also have lots of clipart and images you can add to the banners. If you need help using them, I have tutorials on how to use each one on the Self Pubbed Authors’ site that each take about two minutes to go through.

http://funphotobox.com/facebook-cover-photos.aspx
http://www.imagechef.com/ic/banner-maker/
http://www.coverbash.com/facebook-cover-maker
https://www.canva.com/create/facebook-covers/
http://www.profiletimelinecovers.com/covercreator/
http://www.picturetopeople.org/facebook-cover-design-generator.html

You can make and enter as many cover images as you want. There is no limit.

For those using an art program: Recommended banner/cover image size is 856 x 317 pixels.

How to Enter:

Once you’ve made your image, be sure to click GOING to the facebook party and then post your creation as a COMMENT on the Banner/Cover Image Posting Thread. (it’s pinned to the top of the party page) Then send your friends and family to the page so they can “vote” by liking your post. The banner with the most likes on September 1, 2015 will be the winner.

Voting Details:

Each like on your banner translates to a vote – if the person who “liked” the post is also “going” to the Facebook party then their vote counts double. You may vote for your own banner, and voters (you included) may vote for more than one.

Where can I get Images to Use?

The generators I mentioned all have images available within them, but you can also upload your own. I have created a photobucket with a handful of items you can use (or not use – the choice is yours). If there is a particular image you’d like from me, let me know and I will add it.

About those Generators…

The cover generators are pretty easy to use. To see some how to’s please visit my post on Self Published Authors blog. 

All the Legal Mumbo Jumbo:

Neither facebook or the above linked sites endorse this giveaway. Winner will be chosen by the number of likes on his or her post on September 1st and announced thereafter. They will receive an autographed paper back of their choice from Joleene Naylor. Open to international and U.S. Void where prohibited by law. All entrants are responsible for making sure that any images they use in their entries have proper licensing.

Have fun and I look forward to seeing your entries at the Facebook Party!

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Amaranthine Week Long Facebook Party

You read the title right. From October 11 – 17 I’ll be hosting a vampire party on facebook with games, giveaways and more.

What’s a facebook party? It’s an online event where readers, authors, and anyone who stumbles in can post, comment, and just hang out. Participants don’t need to have the Amaranthine party page open all day – heck they don’t even need to stop in every day – just participating once will get you an entry for the grand prize:

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A Jorick and Verchile doll, handmade by the amazing Donna Yates. How cool is that?

Each day will bring a new event – and new games, contests and chances to win several prizes, including a coffee mug, autographed book marks and more. The schedule so far (which is subject to change):

Sun, 11 –   Welcome to the shadows!
Mon 12 –    Ask a Character – Any character, any question
Tues 13 –   Vampires can be fun – Verchiel takes over
Weds 14 –  Ask the Author – anything goes
Thurs 15 –  Guest authors – Do you write vampires? Come on down. (Hoping to have a couple of featured authors)
Fri 16 –       TBA
Sat 17 –       Prizes awarded

There is one little catch to all the fun – in order to vote in contests, or win prizes, participants MUST click the “going” button. This is a public event, which means you don’t need an invite to join. However, it’s great if you do invite your friends.

To get us in the mood, there will also be  special games in August and September with some cool prizes, so go join the party and be sure to invite your friends!

July Year of the Sheep

2015 is the year of the sheep – yay! whoo-hoo! alright! – and to celebrate the awesome peeps at I Smell Sheep review blog have held a monthly giveaway with amazing swag, like really cool t-shirts:

10268506_10205034038944215_3716183582046963429_nAnd did I mention books? Yeah, they are giving away some awesome reads, including a pair of autographed paperbacks:

How can you win these (and a bunch of other cool stuff, like the t-shirt in the above photo – we could be t-shirt twins)? Check out the I Smell Sheep giveaway blog and enter via their Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post. If you feel artistic, you can sheepify something for a special entry.

And if those prizes don’t tempt you, they have two other prize packs that include all kinds of goodies (like books from JR Ward and Laurell K Hamilton) so check it out and enter!

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P.S. They’re doing one of these giveaways every month for the rest of the year, so why not subscribe while you’re there and be sure to check out some of their awesome reviews of books, movies, comics, and more!

You Really Should be a Part of the Next Blog Tour

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I’ll be joining again – and donating two paperbacks as prizes – and I hope to see some of my author friends there as well!

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The tour is only a few months away and we are looking for as many authors and bloggers that are willing to volunteer their time as possible. This is not a paid/ pay for gig, so no one will be making money. We are also looking for ideas. If you have something to share, please join us on our Facebook group (click the image for the link.)

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