Super Sweet Blogging Award

Yes, I am supposed to be writing. As you can see by the snazzy bar over there ( —>) I am making progress, but I’m not quite done. Soon. I promise. But, an award from Barb is worth the pause, don’t you think?

Yes, the great Barbara G. Tarn has given me the Super Sweet Blogging Award! She may not be a fan of sweets but, unfortunately, I am  and it shows. 😉

The rules are:

  •   Show-off the award on your blog.
  •   Thank the super-sweet blogger who nominated you.
  •   Answer five super-sweet questions about yourself.
  •   Nominate your favorite super-sweet bloggers.

The super-sweet questions and my answers:

1. Cookies or cakes?

Cookies because I don’t like frosting – it’s *too* sweet. I will actually skim the frosting off of a piece of cake or a cupcake before I eat it.

2. Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate for the win! Vanilla can be good, though.

3. Favorite sweet treat?

It changes depending on the season, but the constants are anything chocolate-peppermint or chocolate raspberry.

4. When do you crave for sweets the most?

Most of the time. Even if I am craving salt, I still like a sweet flavored drink. Though, Christmas is the big chocolate holiday, of course. (Not Valentine’s Day because, until I got with he-who-is-now-hubby, I didn’t get chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Now I do sometimes, LOL!)

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

When I was in high school, my CB handle was actually “Sweetness”, so, I guess I’ve already had one.

 

I now nominate the following super-sweet bloggers:

And by the way, speaking of Christmas, the Special Editions are still on holiday sale for $2.99 on Amazon. Waiting for the price to catch up elsewhere (sadly it’s slow the promo may be over before they do!)

For those who wanted to see Hideaki Takizawa

In my Next Big Thing blog hop, I mentioned that Hideaki Takizawa could play Verchiel, but it has come to my attention that his IMDB and his wiki page have no photos, and so here are links to a few (I couldn’t find any CC photos, so I can’t actually post them myself 😦 )

The guy on the right:

http://www.tokyohive.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/tt.jpg

shirtless:

http://25.media.tumblr.com/Gc0Dylgcmomo2ucmVeUf0SLdo1_500.jpg

Just lookin’ cute:

http://takimaru.bizhat.com/pic_video/Tackey%20-%20Olympus%20myumini.jpg

And though it is semi-unbelievable, I had actually designed Verchiel before I ran into this guy (who happens to have a similar hairdo and almost the right color of hair – it’s in the same family, anyway) But either way I think Tackey is hot, sooooo 😉

Kindelgraph: Not Just for Kindle Anymore!

In August, I posted about the very cool Kindlegraph, a site that lets authors autograph Kindle books for their fans. At the time, it was only compatible with Kindle devices but now *drum roll* not only does it have a new name – Authorgraph – but, in their own words:

…readers can now receive digital inscriptions from their favorite authors regardless of which digital reading app or device they use…

How cool is that? So, if you want your digital book signed, go check out http://www.authorgraph.com and see if the author has signed up already (thousands have, including yours truly!) and if they haven’t, why not send them a note and say “hey, this is cool!”?

And if you’re so inclined, they even have widgets you can add to your blog or website! If you’re logged in you can get it here: http://www.authorgraph.com/tools  – and unlike most sites it has a WordPress version – yippee! Here’s what it looks like:

Get a free Authorgraph from Joleene Naylor

Radio Interview Tonight!

This kind of radio won’t do you much good, but they’re pretty cool.

Tonight (July 17, 2012)  at 8PM Central (check here for what time that is in your zone) I will be speaking with Dab O’Brien on his blogtalk radio show! I *believe* that you can call in and ask questions (the phone number is on the site) OR you can leave you questions here and I will try to work them in. Previous shows have run between half an hour to an hour, so look for it to last until at least 8:30 PM Central time.

But what if you can’t make it? No fear! Just leave your questions here, and listen later! I will try to embed the show in a blog after it’s over (we’ll see what wordpress allows) OR you can hear it right on Dan’s Radio site!

Hope to hear from you!

Interviews….

Hop over to the blog of Dan O’Brien (author of The End of the World Playlist and other novels) to read an author interview with yours truly .  Here is a small excerpt:

Dan: What should readers walk away from your books knowing, feeling?

Joleene: When they get done it would be nice if they thought “Wow, that vampire is hot! (I don’t even care which one)” but really I just want them to be entertained. There are enough novels out there that want to change the world. I just want to pass an afternoon. That may be an old fashioned concept on entertainment vs art, but, like the quote in the new Avengers movie, “People might just need a little old-fashioned.” And I think its success proves that. It’s great to have movies and books that trash the genres and turn things on their heads, but sometimes we all get sick of that. Sometimes, we just want to see someone get their butt kicked and know the hero is going to save the girl.

Also, be ready tomorrow for my first radio interview at 8pm Central time (though since it is blog talk radio you can listen to it later) .

Hope to see everyone there! 😉

My First Blog Tour :)

snazzy graphic. Yes, you can snag it.

I’m going to try my first ever blog tour later this month (the 15th – 23rd) . There will be an ebook giveaway at each stop. Though I am mainly promoting the newest book, Ashes of Deceit, since it is a series you will be able to choose which of the four books you want. They will be from Smashwords, so you’ll be able to pick the format: epub, mobi, pdf – you name it.

I’m still in the organizing phase, but I have the stops/dates set up! I will update this as time goes by.

15 – The Intimate Vampire: Danger or safety?? – Top Shelf Books w/ Misty Rayburn – http://www.the-top-shelf.com/?p=4088
17 – The History of Vampires – Interrupted – with Barbara G. Tarn – http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/guest-post/
19 – Dark Ramblings with Author Joleene Naylor – with The Williamson Vampires – http://julihoffman.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/dark-ramblings-with-author-joleene-naylor/
22- The Power of the Freebie – with Reena Jacobs – http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2012/06/joleene-naylor-blog-tour/
23 –Excerpt of Ashes of Deceit – with Lindsay Downs – http://ajessicasalesnovel.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/joleene-naylor-day-9/
Hope to see everyone there! 🙂

Front Cover for Ashes of Deceit – Final Version

After the feedback from the cover debut, I have made some mior adjustments and am happy to say this is the final version:

As you might notice Malick looks a *little* bit eviler around the eyes, but not super evil (as he is not meant to be instantly identifiable as evil and is often described in the book(s) as “serene”.) buuuut for the sake of cover art a little menace is an okay thing. (You may also notice I have udpated the snazzy animation over to the side 😉 Feel free to snag that bad boy by the way and post to your hearts content.)

Also adjusted the tagline position a bit too.

 

New Facebook Page!

Yeah, I finally broke down and made an author page on Facebook. After waaaay longer than I want to admit to, I think I have it all set up. By using “apps” i have added a “My Books” page as well as an rss feed of this blog, a contact me page and a twitter page – though the twitter page took a looong time to load when I tested it. Maybe it was just my connection?

Something I have been unable to do is add a *&^% video. They upload for a little bit – about 12% or so and then stop and stare at me forever. Does anyone know why it does this? It’s not a huge deal as I have youtube account(s) so I can always just link (and save myself the effort of uploading!) but the blank button is annoying me.

If you’re a facebook friend you’ve probably already been annoyed with an invite to come like the page, but if you’re not then stop by and give me a like.  Free thank you’s to the first 50 fans.

(Think about that for a second 😉 )

In future I may do contests or something with the page, but for now I am going to get back to work.

Lovely Award and Updates

March has not been a good month, thanks to a pile of personal things that the average person doesn’t care about.  I will say that the most annoying is that I have hurt my neck, which limits my computer time. It’s gotten better, but it  still hurts if I sit here for more than an hour/hour and a half. Needless to say this is cutting in to EVERYTHING!

despite that, I have finally gotten all the notes/comments from the beta readers and the Mighty Ed compiled together into one document (yay!) I need to cut out around 5,000 words, so there are a couple of scenes that may get changed (I can always move the events to a later book) and one on an airplane I may delete and just “tell” later. I know, I know, a writer should “show not tell” but there’s a point, and 106,000 words exceeds that point!

On a random side note, I have suddenly started to sell on Amazon after a several month stall. I’m not usually into sharing sales numbers, but I will say I was selling maybe 20 a month on Amazon since late 2011 and suddenly it hopped up to 158 (not counting the 21 returns) in two weeks. Why, you ask. What amazing sales tactic did I come up with?

None.

I simply have the good fortune (or misfortune, depending on your views) of having a book with a similar title as another. 50 Shades of Grey, the new “indy-to-traditional” sensation that was originally written as a twilight fan-fic (more on this in another post), is being haled as “mommy-porn” and is selling like mad. Much of the media coverage on it stresses the Twilight angle, so one would assume it has vampires in it, only it doesn’t. So the poor, misguided souls who go to Amazon and search for “Shades of Gray vampires” find me (in slot 1 or 2 depending on how they spelled grey/gray) instead. (Side note: If you do a search for simply “Shades of Gray”, you won’t find me until page two. This illustrates the importance of tags).

On one hand this is good. It’s 158 sales, 30 of which went on to buy book two, and 21 of which went on to buy book three. However it’s also BAD because of those 158 people, most – if not all – were NOT looking for that book, which means it did not meet their expected criteria (hence 21 returns). And though it hasn’t netted a bad review yet (or a good one, for that matter), it very easily can.

Why? When customers are confused or don’t get what they expected, they strike back by leaving angry reviews. For instance, I have a freebie called 101 Tips. The description clearly says “this is a list of 101 tips, nothing more.” However, because there used to be a three page intro, people STILL expected it to really be a book with a story, plot, etc. When it wasn’t, they left one star reviews and the complaint, “this is not a book! It’s a list!”.  True, if someone takes the time to read the description AND the review they might think “Duh, it SAYS it’s a list” and discount the review, but few people do all of that work. They glance at the star rating and if the star ratings are low, they skip off the page without giving your work a chance. (on another side note this is also why it is important to market your book to the right audience.)

Regardless, good or bad, there’s nothing I can do . I had the title first, so I’m not going to change it, and I’m not going to add a note in the description that says “This is not the BDSM book you are looking for. You will probably be disappointed”. It does show though, that no matter how much you double check your titles BEFORE you publish, someone may come along and snag it – especially if you consider that out of the books that rank higher than mine under the Shades of Gray search, only three were published before mine, and none of them involved vampires OR romance (two are Civil War dramas).

It’s closing in on “heating pad” time, so quickly I want to thank the awesome Stephannie Beman for bestowing upon me the Lovely Blog Award (yay!) If you don’t know she is not only an author, and blogger, but she is also a cover artist, so check out her site.

And now to share the awards goodness!

Ang

Donna

Juli

Sue

Lindsay Downs

Barbara G. Tarn

Reena Jacobs

Dawn Colclasure

Barb K.

LC Cooper

 

Kreative Award

 

I don’t generally use this space for personal blogs (those go over at Ramblings from the Darkness), but as Barb was kind enough to give me the Kreative Award (yay!) I am obliged to write ten facts about me that you don’t know.

Should be pretty easy.

  1. I am a Roxette fan. Yes, there is just something about sugary Swedish pop that makes me giddy. And Per is pretty hot, too. Yeah, I know he’s old enough to be my father, but he’s not lookin’ too bad for his age!
  2. I have not had a chance to work on book four in several weeks. I am hoping to get caught up on my other work and get back to it in a week or so, though. *crossing fingers*
  3. I am absolutely lousy at “time”. If I say something will take five minutes, it takes an hour. If I say ten minutes, it’s half the day. If I say a week, it’s more like a month. This is because when I am doing things I loose all sense of time, and so I have no idea how long anything takes and just guess by how long it “felt like”. (Hint: I have been working pretty much non stop for ten hours now, I know this because the clock tells me so, however I would guess it might have been five…)
  4. I can’t swim because I am too afraid of drowning to ever learn. I chalk this up to a past life.
  5. I have a bad temper.
  6. The only thing I have in common with my protagonist is the “don’t think about it” philosophy. If something is upsetting, simply put it out of your mind and move on. Not always the best way, but it works for me (and has worked for many a gangster’s girlfriend, too, I imagine 😉 )
  7. Speaking of this philosophy, I say it is all Amadala‘s fault that Anakin turned into Darth Vadar. If she had just A- stayed home like a good, heavily pregnant wife (seriously, I’m hugely pregnant and I KNOW Obi-wan is after my husband, so I go running to him?!? Where’s the logic!?!?) or B- nodded along when he started in about  ruling the galaxy and then had a quiet talk with him later about acceptable behaviors and not acceptable behaviors (for example, killing little jedi-lets is not acceptable) think how much different their universe coulda been? And how much hotter Darth Vadar would have been…
  8. I’ve been told I have questionable morals (see above).
  9. I have also been called a chauvinist (again, see #7).
  10. I’m a huge geek. Oh, you already knew that. Okay then, um… I have recently gone on a bread strike after finding out the L-cysteine, a common dough conditioner in commercial bread products, is usually extracted from either human hair or pig hair. YUCK! So Now I am checking all the labels before I buy. Strange? Maybe, but it just grosses me out.

And that looks like 10, so I am cutting it off here 🙂 And now for the awardees… (that’s not a real word, but I like it anyway!)

Juli, Sassy Sue, Jonathan aka Jissilly, Donna and Stephannie.

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