April Newsletter

OMG! A newsletter! No, this is not an April Fool’s joke, though I guess since I’ve been so lazy with these it might seem like it, huh?
But, since this is late (due to a series of unfortunate events that are nowhere near as fun as Lemony Snicket’s), I’ve missed the first completely. Just as well, I can never think of a joke, anyway.

The last newsletter I did was in January, and since then I’ve finished the rough draft of book 3 Ties of Blood. It’s with the editor and the beta readers, so nothing to do now but wait patiently. I am hoping to get this one out before October, as I’d like to take the month of October off this year and just kind of relax for a change. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

There’s been a lot of cool stuff happening all over the place, and I am going to be bad and not link to any of it. I know. Horrible, isn’t it?

Oh, all right. Indie Authors Unite has moved to a brand new website that is much better. Valerie Maarten and Samantha Fury have worked their fingers off on it, so you should stop by and take a look!

You might remember that I mentioned a book by my friend Jonathan Harvey, aka Jissilly. He has slaved long and hard over Shades of Plaid: A Very Unconventional Weekly Journey Into Christian Living and it is now available! You can get it on Smashwords, Amazon Kindle or in Paper Back.

I have managed to get two (oh wow, tow!) of the Vampire Morsels up on Smashwords as free reads. Check out Adam and Alexander and feel free to leave a review *cough*

The Author Samples on my blog were a lot of fun, so I have decided to extend them. If you would like to have a book featured, or know someone who would, send me the info (the details are here and I’ll post it. This author business is plenty hard, so the more we can do to help one another, the better! Check out the Author Samples!

Something else I am toying with is Character Interviews. Say what? That’s right, interviews of characters. Being the ever gracious vampire (read: he was threatened with glitter)Jorick has volunteered to go first. In the mean time, if you’re a writer and have a story or book character that you’d like to have interviewed then go here for the questions and details.

All this talk about the third book makes me feel like I should mention the second book. Yes, if you missed it, Legacy of Ghosts, the second installment in the Amaranthine series, is available for purchase! You can pick up your digital copy at Smashwords or Amazon Kindle, or grab a paper back. If you’re interested in an autographed copy then drop me a line at Joleene@JoleeneNaylor.com.

Legacy of Ghosts cover - fixed

After the events of Shades of Gray, Katelina seeks peace with Jorick, but it’s hard to come by in a world shrouded in secrets and threatened by a brewing storm. Though Kateesha plans to fight the same battle as Jorick’s fledgling, a common enemy isn’t enough to overcome past betrayals, and the tempest explodes into a violent frenzy. Drawn into a deathly conflict, Jorick and Katelina must learn to overcome old regrets, or risk losing their future to the ghosts of their past.

Legacy of Ghosts, the second installment of the Amaranthine series, plunges back into a world of blood and cruelty where the darkness hold dominion and vampires don’t sparkle.

You can read sample chapters at https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/ in either whole chapter format or in tiny, blog sized nuggets. Yeah, I’m all about choice.

And why should DVD’s have all the fun? Check out “The Lost Chapters” – aka the “deleted” scenes from Legacy of Ghosts. Stop by and enjoy a snippet of pointless vampire fun!

Now, let’s get on to the

Random Fun

The Interesting link: Sokoblovsky Farms The world’s only breeders of the petit lap giraffe, this Russian owned breeder’s page has a giraffe cam, photos, and even a place to sign up on the waiting list to get your own petite lap giraffe. Of course, since the gestation is over 400 days it’s going to be a long, long list. what? You don’t believe that there are tiny, tiny giraffes? Of course there are! Just look at the photos! (And, if you don’t know what’s going on, watch the “american commercials” on the media page. That will explain everything.) – thanks Dawn!

The Lots-O-Fun link: Blame Society Home of Chad Vadar, Hal’s eHow and many other fun and entertaining videos that are guaranteed to waste – erm, I mean fill – hours of your time! Ever wonder how to escape a succubus or catch a unicorn? Hal will tell you eHow! – Thanks Jonathan!

The Read of the month: Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I by Tracey Falbe Free Fantasy novel. (from the site) Dreibrand Veta has killed for his country. At the frontlines of imperial expansion, he seeks to rebuild the fortune of his noble family. In his daring travels he encounters the rys, a race far more powerful than the human empire that bred him. Dreibrand cannot defy the rys Queen Onja nor defend his companion, Miranda, and her children from the wicked tyrant Queen.

The Music of the month: Drugstore Fanatics originally from Israel, this band now calls California home. You can get their album as a free download from their website – or pay $5 to upgrade to a higher quality format and get some extra tunes, too. On MySpace they call themselves Ambient/Industrial/Rock, but I call them catchy.

The Video of the month: Viral Videos of 1911 The top five viral videos of 1911. Wait. Do you see something wrong with that sentence? YouTube has too much fun on April Fool’s, so check it out!

(if you have suggestions for the links of the month please email them to me at joleene@joleenenaylor.com – you will be credited by whatever name you choose.)

My Updates

WANTED

I am currently looking for some Affiliates to trade links with. If you have a website and would be interested please let me know!

Looking for Reader Reviews! Have you read the book? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Well write a blurb and let the world know what you think! Please send all reviews to joleene@joleenenaylor.com and I’ll post them on the site!

The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy:

The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy is a weekly manga/comic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by Joleene Naylor that tells the story of the giant turtle attack in Tuttlesville and the interconnected aftermath.

THE BIG NEWS: http://TerribleTurtles.com is LIVE!

Due to changes in Myspace blogging, the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy has moved to a new home at http://TerribleTurtles.com. You can subscribe via email to have the latest comic page sent straight to your inbox, or you can read through older comics including the first five chapters, the holiday specials and the ever amazing “I am a Part of the TTTC” special one page promo comics! Come join the fun at http://TerribleTurtles.com!

We are now in the midst of Chapter Six: Room 207 in which the mild mannered Jacob Blunt has been given an opportunity to change his life. Will he take it or will he die first from lack of sleep?

Read Chapter Six!

I am no longer posting the comic as one long post on Blogspot or MySpace, instead I post miniatures of the week’s page in an individual post, so be sure to subscribe at the official site!

Website Updates

I have finally managed to updated the Cover Art Frequently Asked Questions in an effort to better serve authors seeking book cover art. I have also updated my website at www.JoleeneNaylor.com.

Check the Links Page for several new links to writers blogs and/or websites. There are some great authors to discover!

Last month I added two humorous flash fiction stories to the Flash Fiction section. The Party piggybacks from a Jonathan Harvey story and tells what really happened, while Supplier Shortage gives you an inside look at how vampires really lure their victims.

Last month I also added two poems to the Poetry section. Ward 16 and The Modern Farm, and this month I have added Rift of Silence.

The Book Cover Gallery saw the addition of thirty-five new covers including a YA Fantasy, some assorted Horror, a couple of humor, poetry, inspirational and some sci-fi.

Between last month and this month I’ve also added 18 new photos. Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of them:

awesome dandelion

black n white

Flickr Updates

In the last two months I added the following albums to my Flickr account. All of my photography is licensed under Creative Commons license unless otherwise noted. You do not need a Flickr account to view these. Clicking on the links will take you to a photo album with thumbnails.

Snowy Night Cemetery

29 photos of a cemetery at night in the snow.

January misc

18 photos of sunset, snow and a snowy burn pile

February Snow Storm 2011

63 photos of snow in all it’s frosty, cold glory.

Out & About – More Snow

90 photos of snowy landscapes, abandoned cars, cool trees and frozen rivers.

Abandoned

33 photos of abandoned stuff including some great fiber glass textures, rusty tire rim, and some bizarre things in trees.

Spring

13 photos of green grass, dandelions and a fuzzy caterpillar

Blog Updates:

Since I have a new personal blog on WordPress where I am cross posting, I will no longer list the Myspace posts.

In order to keep this short I am only linking to posts in March. For January and February posts please visit the respective sites. Thanks!

AMARANTHINE NIGHT (AUTHOR BLOG)


Tuesdays with Terry Part 3

The third part of an ongoing series of guest blogs where author Terrance Foxx shares the things he’s learned on his writing journey.


Six Sentence Sunday

“How bad is it?” – six teaser sentences from the upcoming Ties of Blood.


Tuesdays With Terry Part 4

The fourth part of an ongoing series of guest blogs where author Terrance Foxx shares the things he’s learned on his writing journey.


Vampires and … pot?

Funny video sent in by Sue


Bid Not for My Love by Darcee Tana

Excerpt of Darcee Tana’s historical romance.


Six sentence Sunday

Jorick drew a deep, frustrated breath… six teaser sentence from the upcoming Ties of Blood


Tuesdays with Terry Part 5

The fifth part of an ongoing series of guest blogs where author Terrance Foxx shares the things he’s learned on his writing journey.


Six Sentence Sunday

“It won’t be for long.” – Six teaser sentenced from the upcoming Ties of Blood


Authors for DRM Free

What DRM is and why some authors don’t like it.


Tuesdays with Terry Part 6

The sixth part of an ongoing series of guest blogs where author Terrance Foxx shares the things he’s learned on his writing journey.


Spring Cleaning

All about the neat changes I’ve made to my blogs and new features.


Six Sentence Sunday

He heard something, but he didn’t know what. – Six teaser sentences from Adam, a free short story available on Smashwords


Tuesdays with Terry Part 7

The seventh part of an ongoing series of guest blogs where author Terrance Foxx shares the things he’s learned on his writing journey.


It’s Out!

The official release announcement for Shades of Plaid by Jonathan Harvey

RAMBLINGS FROM THE DARKNESS 2.0 (PERSONAL BLOG ON WORDPRESS)

Dark Story Part 1
The first part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 2
The second part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 3
The third part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 4
The fourth part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 5
The fifth part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

TTTC Chapter 6 page 6
In which Jacob’s cat leaves…

Dark Story Part 6
The sixth part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 7
The seventh part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 8
The eighth part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 9
The ninth part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 10
The tenth part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 11
The eleventh part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

TTTC Chapter 6 page 7
In which Jacob calls 9-1-1…

Dark Story Part 12
The twelfth part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 13
The next to last part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Dark Story Part 14
The last part of the bizarre story about witches, wolves and demons.

Random Acts of Poetry
Three Random free flow poems about… what?

In the Mist Collab poem
What is in the mist?

Random Photos
Random photos of spider webs, dew, frogs and more.

TTTC Chapter 6 page 8
in which the sheep get too noisy…

Winter Photos
Pretty winter photos from the February snow

Ode to Chris
Another Harris-Naylor Photo Album by request.

End of the World: Flashfiction
When it all collapses there is only the darkness…

Two Manga Drawings
older group shots of characters from Midnight Grace


The Sinister Truth Behind Star Trek

Just where are all the dumb, fat people in the future?

Poem vs Story: Haunted
Which version do YOU like better?

Empty Bed & Haunted
Two collab pic-n-poems

TTTC Chapter 6 page 9
In which Jacob takes sleeping pills….

Slagle Cemetery in Pictures
Photos of Slagle Cemetery’ includes a crypt, some old tombstones and some broken angel figures.

The Devil is an Angel, Too
Fun manga-style art

Christmas Collab
When Hamsters go bad there’s no stopping them.

Vampire Art
An old commission from 2007

The Childless
Not all of us have kids!

Fallen Angel Artwork
Fun, Manga Style drawing

FROM THE SHADOWS – BLOGSPOT (ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY)

You can now sign up for an email subscription for this blog! Check the site for details!

More book covers
Six book covers.

My Weirdest Commission Ever!
A moose and a Mermaid play basketball…

More Book Covers
Seven book covers.

Random Art Stuff
A picture in progress, some sluggy wallpaper and a manga me.

My Photos in Action
People really DO use those CC licensed photos!

More Book Cover Joy
Nine more book covers. Yeah, I’ve been busy.

sam haven’s Book Signing – Houston Texas
All the details on Sam Haven’s April book signing

Self Published Author’s Lounge

A REAL Writer…
What makes a real writer?

Authors for DRM Free
What is DRM and why do some authors hate it?

Free & Cheap Images, Music, Videos and More
For book covers, illustrations and trailers. An expansive list of resources.

Howe not to React to a Bad Review
When Indy Authors go crazy…

Smashwords Has Big News
Smashwords buys out Amazon (For the day)

When to Reply to Reviews?
You should never reply to a bad review, but what about a good one?

COMING NEXT MONTH:

Projects I hope to finish in April are

Legacy of Ghosts Trailer
book covers for other people
Some more Vampire Morsels
The special Bonus comic for the super secret TTTC Publishing Project
I wouldn’t mind finishing up some other misc artwork, but we’ll see about that

If you have ideas or suggestions on what could make this newsletter better, or just want to give me your opinion on something, drop me a line at Joleene@joleenenaylor.com.

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Have a happy spring!

Jo 😀

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3 Comments

  1. Woot! You gave SPAL a special shout-out!

    I reviewed Alexander. I really liked the cover, esp. the toy that he was pulling. Thinking of that story still breaks my heart.

    Very cool to see you’re done with the first draft of book 3. How many do you think you’ll do in the series?

    And yes, I still have to read book 2 and the Shades of Plaid book. Time goes too fast.

    Reply
    • Thanks! I’m not completely happy with the way Alexander turned out on it, though. something with the face is not quite right, but oh well 😉

      heh-heh, as many books as I can get away with. I keep thinking “Oh, you’ll get sick of those characters”, but I can always kill someone off and add someone new 😀

      I hear you there! Never enough time!!

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