Necrophilia or Bestiality?

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The folks over at Love, Romance, Passion are asking the eternal paranormal question: Which is better, the vampire or the werewolf? if you could be turned by one of the classic bad boys, which would you pick? The vampire with his (usually) tortured past and loner lifestyle? Or the intense wolf with his pack loyalties and tendency to get naked (a lot!)? Which one would you rather be?

Head over to the Love, Romance, Passion blog and vote in the poll! 

(Sorry, no zombies here!)

Tuesdays with Terry – Part 11

*As this is the last of the series, I want to take a moment to say a special Thank You to Terrance Foxxe for contributing posts for out Tuesdays with Terry segment! If you’ve missed it, be sure to check out the previous installments as it is jam packed full of information that any writer can use! Also, be sure to check out his books, and don’t forget, he has his own blog, too!

Now on with the show!*

Notes From a Twenty Year Almost Career. The guest musings of Indie Author Terrance Foxxe


Part Eleven


You want me to pretend I’m in front of an audience, and read it aloud? You’ve got to be kidding!

Nope. Believe it or not your ears will pick up on mistakes in grammar and pacing and sentences that don’t work, faster than your eye will. Reading may be done with the eyes, but the brain actuallyhears the words.

Silently, as you read any book or magazine, your brain hears it as if you are reading it out loud. Try to skim over the words of a favorite author, and see if you remember half of what was said five minutes later. Now relax, and read for the pleasure of it, imitating the voice the author has set down for you with sentence construction and punctuation. How much do you remember after five minutes?

I resisted doing this for the longest time, simply because I felt stupid doing it. Now I feel exceptionally stupid for not doing it.

I live in a house with very little privacy, and my wife and sons are not interested in what I do. Not really. Plus, well, as I said, I felt stupid.

There are writer’s groups, and you may be asked to read for them.

I don’t know. Me, I don’t do writer’s groups. I tried a writer’s group once, but I found a bad one. I arrived at the first meeting with high expectations, only to find most there were talking about writing, and not doing any writing. Okay, I thought, I’ll see about reading something I’m working on. Not to lead the group, but to get something productive done. I craved feedback.

I read, and then I was raked across the coals so hard . . . For forty-five minutes, I timed it, this little guy ranted about how my Horror should have humor, and basically, be just like his stuff. I told him it was my sandbox, and I’ll play in it any way I want. I left so angry I couldn’t see straight. I tried again, another meeting, and was sucker punched. I was told I was uncooperative. That sandbox remark came back to haunt me.

I never went back, and didn’t bother to look for another writer’s group. I tried to start one of my own.

The first question I was asked? “Are you published?” The answer then was no, and my small group never showed up for a second meeting. The all wanted me to give them the secret. The Magic Formula.

I was on my own, no computer, no feedback other than my many rejection slips. Hell, I would have killed for “The Magic Formula!”

Online writer’s groups can be a bad or good thing. Ghost the posts for a while, see what’s what, then decide for yourself. A good group doesn’t meddle with content, understanding that this is your sandbox, and you’ll play in it however you want. They should concentrate on the mechanics of good writing. Style, not content. Style is grammar, punctuation or logical progression. Too much detail? Not enough detail? The mechanics of writing.

I’m very happy with my content, but want to know if I missed something.

“I can’t see where you’re going with this.” Of course you can’t, and you should know that yourself. Hell, if someone out there can tell where a novel is going in just three fucking chapters, I want to meet them and kiss their ass.

I try to limit my own comments on how they can make their own writing better. If the writing is great, but they misspelled a word, I let them know about the typo and tell them it’s great. So . . .

What is The Magic Formula?

To be truthful, there is no such thing.

The magic to all this is a matter of knowing just what the hell it is you’re doing, and why the hell you’re doing it. Knowledge is power. That’s the magic.

I hope you enjoyed my series. Now, go buy my books! Find out for yourself if I’m full of shit. I might surprise you with a great, provocative novel.


Terrance Foxxe is crazy enough to share everything he knows about catering to readers, because readers matter most to the Indie Author of today, and tomorrow. He had two books published under his real name, only to discover publishers really suck. After being royally ripped off and then some, he is the Indie Author of A Post-apocalyptic Story of Love,$2.99 USD & In The Dreaming, $0.99, both for the Kindle. Links provided. He’s now a happy man. Buy his books. Read them. Write reviews.

Post Apocalyptic Love Story

The Dreaming

He blogs at

Six Sentence Sunday

it’s time again for Six Sentence Sunday, the awesome blog event where writer’s share six sentences from something they’ve written.

This week I am taking a break from Ties of Blood to share a snippet from Adam, a short story available for Free on smashwords

He’d heard something, but he didn’t know what, only that it had been something; something that shouldn’t be there. The tiny hairs on the back of his neck stood up, and a sudden, unexplained chill danced down his spine.

He walked towards the end of the alley where he instinctively felt the noise had come from. A row of weather stained garbage cans shone dully under a flickering light. The effect was eerie, but there was nothing there.

And then the light went out.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the other great participants!  Also of note, if you missed the announcement, sign ups will now start Tuesday instead of Wednesday because of the number of participants! That means lots of good reading!

Spring Cleaning

In the last couple of days I’ve done some blog spring cleaning (yes, it’s the only spring cleaning I plan to do, so if you’re looking for a house to clean I have one for you. 😉 ). Anyway, I thought I’d take a moment and share my efforts.

*tour guide voice*

If you will look at the top of the page you will see a handy little row of links. Some of those links have always been there, such as the About Joleene Naylor , More Indie Authors and the All My Projects , though they got a bit of a dusting off.

A couple of the links up there are new, however. The Free & Cheap Resources is exactly that; a list of places to get free or cheap stock photos, illustrations, video clips, sound clips, music and more. Why would you want that stuff? For book covers, book illustrations, book trailers, websites, etc.

For Links You Should Know I took that long, long list of links that was cluttering the sidebar to the right and moved them all to a page instead. If I don’t have your link and you’d like me to add it drop me a line (email address is on my About page) or leave a comment.

And now if you will divert your attention to the right you will see some more tidying has occurred. You might notice the super spiffy little heading graphics? I think they’re much easier to see than the font that comes with this theme (and though I did consider swapping themes, I rejected it because I like this one!) The links  are still pretty much the same, though; there’s my books, the Vampire Morsels that have made it to Smashwords (Hopefully I will get it in gear and get the rest there!) , tags-n- banners, about me, the cool post calendar and a truncated list of links.

As for my other blogs, the most exiting thing is that I’ve added a feedburner subscription box to my From the Shadows blogspot blog. This lets you sign up for email notifications of the blog. Though some people swear by RSS, I like the mail subscriptions better because the last thing i need is another place I have to check! I also added my books to the sidebar and tidied links and such.

And on the Ramblings from the Darkness I took out the “about this blog” and replaced it with “13 Questions” that I get asked regularly.

The Pen Name:

You might remember that I ran a poll about what pen name to use on my children’s books. They were originally written and illustrated several years ago (like ten maybe?) but I thought I’d share them on smashwords as freebies. It was close, but when all was said and done Roey Harris won. I finally got the Smashwords account set up and the first book, Moving Day, uploaded.  I need to transfer The Do-Nothing Day over, still (though it got a brand new cover).

What’s Next?

That’s the Question, isn’t it? I’m going to continue to do Six Sentence Sunday and we have a few more Tuesdays with Terry (five I believe), and I am going to get back to the vampire morsels I hope. (I have Claudius started as I type this!). Other than that, I have some random thoughts, but I want to know what you guys are interested in seeing.  More articles on self publishing topics? How to topics? A weekly fun video? Interviews with characters from other books? Interviews with other indy authors?  More random vampire coverage? Or is there something else you’d like to see? Drop a comment and let me know!

Interview, Guest Blog & a Video!

Yeah, this post has it all goin’ on! Mainly because I’ve been behind and now have to cram it all into one post. Erm, no, no, I mean, uh, I planned it that way. Yeah. That’s right.


Linda S. Prather, author of the Jacody Ives Mysteries, was kind enough to Interview me for her new blog.  And I’m not the only one. She’s on an interviewing roll, including Larry Enright and Al Boudreau.

Reena Jacobs, author of Shadow Cat, was also nice enough to allow me to do a guest post for her blog about turning your eBook cover into  a paperback cover. She is featuring guest posts from authors every week in her Authors Helping Authors series. There’s a lot of good information, there.

And now for the video. It’s not actually a video. I mean it is animated, and you have to hit a play button, but it doesn’t require any sound because it’s actually a collect of vampire jokes that are so, so bad they’re funny.

Aren’t you glad you stuck around for that?

Cattitude by Edie Ramer

This is from Cattitude the Paranormal Romance by Edie Ramer available at: Amazon Barnes & Noble, Smashwords

“You’re reading Harry Potter?”

Belle started, Max’s voice shocking her head up, her jaw open, her heart hammering. The only other time she’d been surprised by a human was the day Caroline grabbed her. Caroline had snuck in, but Max didn’t sneak anywhere. He always strode in boldly.

“Harry Potter is wonderful,” she said. “He had a bedroom in a room beneath the stairs. The Dursleys are mean to him.”

“You learned how to read that well already?” He frowned, and she wondered if he thought she was faking, like Annette on The Love Chronicles.

“I’m not faking anything.” She scowled at him. Yes, she was lying, but he should still believe her. He should believe everything she told him.

He remained standing over her, his expression hard instead of soft. She liked soft much better than hard. “Your memory could be coming back.”

“Or it could be that I’m very smart.” Or brilliant. She’d always suspected she was brilliant.  Or perhaps she was tapping into the body’s brain cells. Though Sorcha had vacated the body, maybe some of her knowledge remained. Maybe that was why she was catching on so quickly.

She shifted in her chair, then shifted back. She wanted her own knowledge, not Sorcha’s.

He grinned and she sucked in her breath, feeling as if she’d been kicked in the heart.

His smile never made her feel this way when she’d been a cat.

Bending down, he grabbed one of the books she’d set apart. “Did you read this?” He showed her the cover, a cartoon cat in a hat, tall with stripes.

She made a face, though she was glad to talk instead of think. “It’s a silly book, the worst ever.”

His eyebrows climbed up his forehead and his body relaxed, an odd look on his face that she couldn’t place. A good one, not bad. “Sure it’s silly, but everyone loves The Cat in the Hat.

She waved her hand in the air. She didn’t care what everyone liked. Everyone was human and didn’t know better.  “Cats don’t wear hats,” she said.

He laughed harder than she’d ever heard him in all the years she’d lived with him. Looking at him, she felt the kick in her heart again. She swallowed a scream that said, No, no, no! I should not feel this way about him.

“What about a book about a dog?” he asked.

The horror made it easy for her to ignore the kick and remind her that Max was not perfect, though this stupid body seemed to disagree.

“I don’t like dogs.”

“You remember that too?”

She glared at him. She supposed it wouldn’t be appropriate to give him a warning nip. “I don’t remember anything.”

One corner of his mouth quirked up. “You look so offended.”

She wasn’t sure what he meant but she nodded. From his face, offended was a good thing to look like.

“If you change your mind, I saved one of my favorite dog books.” His mouth straightened, and his mood changed. “I wish I could forget I’d read it, so I could read it all over again.”

His eyes darkened, touching a spot within her heart, making her ache for him and want to say something that would warm his eyes and curl up his mouth again.

“Why?” Her voice sounded funny to her own ears, and she couldn’t think of one thing to say that would make him smile. “Why does it make you sad?”

He shook his head and backed up, his face closing. “Just thinking. It was a favorite of my dad’s. I’d better get back to work. I have a lot to do.” He gave a sharp nod and left.

She watched him turn into the hall, the ache still heavy in her chest. Frowning, she sat and returned back to reading Harry. It stopped her from thinking about what had just happened. It stopped her feeling sad because Max was sad. It stopped her from thinking of the kick in the heart because he laughed.

Most of all, it stopped her from thinking how un-catlike she felt when Max was around.

This was not good, not good at all.



I live in southeastern Wisconsin with my husband, two dogs, and the original Belle the cat. I started writing in the 1990’s, selling short stories in the mystery genre to National magazines and two Women Sleuth books. In addition to non-fiction articles, I wrote verses for greeting cards, and I possess a drawer filled with cards for any occasion. I’m co-founder of Write Attitude, an inspirational website for writers. I’ve won RWA writing contests with four different books (including CATTITUDE and her upcoming book, DEAD PEOPLE), and I was an American Title V finalist. You can read about my journey as an independent author on my blog. I also blog at Magical Musings, along with 8 amazing and brilliant writers.

you can find more of Edie at:

All the Projects

Though I try not to mention my other projects on this blog, they are in the newsletters, and they do creep out now and then. I’ve had a few questions and some confusion lately, so I am going to try to lay things out in a simpler manner.

Amaranthine Night:

This is my author blog. Posts include writing that pertains to my vampire book series, information and promotions about Independent publishing and Indie authors, and cool, random vampire stuff.

Are there vampires? Yes, yes there are. In spades.

Ramblings from the Darkness:

Since the Myspace 3.0 disaster, this is my new personal blog. I can’t just import old posts, so I am reposting some of the more interesting ones. Categories include photography, art, writing, poetry, random yacking, fun randomness, rants, short stories, flash fiction, etc.

Are there vampires? Sometimes.


The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy:

A weekly webcomic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by myself. We add a new page every week.

Are there vampires? Um.. not really.

The Self Published Authors’ Lounge:

A blog about Self Publishing – from How to’s to why for’s – that I and five other author’s contribute to.

Are there vampires? No.

Book Cover Art:

I do a variety of freelance cover art for Independent authors at pretty reasonable prices.

Are there vampires? Rarely.


My photo and art galleries on Flickr.  Most of my photos are licensed Creative Commons Attribution (meaning you need to credit me, but otherwise you can use them for what you want),  and my art work is Creative Commons Non-Commercial (If you want/need it for something commercial just ask). I try to keep the stock photos organized into collections and sets like trees, flowers, animals, etc. to make it easier to find what you want.

Are there vampires? Um, a handful.

The website:

My website, where it’s all pulled together in one organized, and very black, place.

Are there vampires? Yes.

Hopefully this helps clarify the tangled web of projects I get myself in to.

Janurary 2011 Newsletter

Happy 2011! You may have noticed there was no December Newsletter, so this one is going to pull double duty, I’m afraid. Aren’t you excited?

December was a good month on a lot of levels. In the Amaranthine world, I have joined with a group of fellow authors at Indie Authors Unite. Links will be forthcoming when things are finalized. Also, participating in a Holiday sale and doing a Promotional two-day book giveaway shot Shades of Gray sales to the highest they have ever been (not counting the free downloads on smashwords!). I owe a lot of that credit to my fellow authors who have all been chipping in and helping to promote one another.

Another cool thing in December was my author interview at Sinister Echoes. Alannah asked some great questions and we had a lot of fun. If you missed it, check it out.

So what does January have in store? I will be working on the third installment of the series Ties of Blood, as well as a short story project. because of this, I am going to be very slow where book covers are concerned, and in fact I may have to turn some down. I hate the idea of doing that, but I really need to take a month and focus on my writing. I may change my inbox to send a form mail saying something to this effect.

Also, january may well bring about the first book of my friend Jonathan Harvey, aka Jissilly. He has slaved long and hard over Shades of Plaid: A Very Unconventional Weekly Journey Into Christian Living. More details when I have them!

Another exciting thing is the new Daily Samples I will be hosting on my blog. This will be samples from other authors, so that you can get to know their work, too, and maybe find something you like. The first one is already been posted, and if you’re interested in sending me a sample, then please see my blog post with all the instructions.

In return, samples of Shades of Gray have been posted on other author’s blogs. So far it has been featured by Ashlynn Monroe, Linda Prather, and Valerie Maarten. Each one has a different excerpt, so be sure to stop by them all!

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

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 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: Don’t Click It Why? because there is nothing to click on this site. An experiment by the institute of interactive research, the interface is designed to give the user several example scenarios and determine whether they miss – or don’t miss – the click. Think your smart phone touch screen, only with a mouse and no tapping. The Explore section is especially cool. See if you can not click for your whole visit.

The Lots-O-Fun link: Free Rice So there’s a good chance that your playing does not feed the hungry, however, the game is addictive anyway. What is it? Basically it’s multiple choice vocabulary questions that go something like:”Basic means” 1-happy 2-friendly 3-flat 4- no frills. sound easy? Oh, it is – then they throw out words like verisimilitude. I made it to level 39 of 60. No good at English? there is also Art, Math, Chemistry, Geometry and Language learning to choose from. A fun time killer!

The Read of the month: Halloween’s Perfect Storm by LC Cooper Halloween is never out of season, especially with this amusing short story about a surprise Halloween haunting. A free read.

The Music of the month: It Doesn’t feel Like Christmas by Toad the Wet SprocketOkay, so it’s one song, and okay, Christmas is over, but come on! It’s free Toad, people! Toad! who doesn’t love them some Toad? Huh? Huh? No sign ups or user names, just click the download button, enter your email address and follow the link they send you.

The Video of the month: Cruel, Cruel Moon song by Paul & Storm, video by Mike Spiff Booth. Sent to me by Jonathan – aka Jissilly – this is a fun, lighthearted and funny song about a big, shiny moon that transforms the singer’s significant into a werewolf so that he fears she may kill him. Fun for the whole family!

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

My Updates


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 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.


Due to changes in Myspace blogging, the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy has moved to a new home at 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 four 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!

In October we continued Chapter 5: Missing, in which Harold’s friend Rich hires a detective to find his missing friends, but the investigation gets weirder by the minute…

Read Chapter Five!

And don’t forget the super special 14 page bonus Holiday comic, chock full of turtle dogs, samurai gerbils, and lots of mayhem!

The comic will still be posted on Blogspot as well – Chapter Five – but the official website is certainly superior!

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

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

I added two flash fiction stories to the Flash Fiction section. The Junior Warlock of Mapleleaf Drive pits a teenage warlock against his neighbor’s evil dog, meanwhile in Attic Treasure Alex finds an old purple quill in the family attic, but harmless fun turns tragic when he and his sister try to use it.

I also added two poems to the Poetry section. Raven Darkness and Something Golden.

The Book Cover Gallery saw the addition of twenty-four new covers including some thrillers, romance, historical, and even sci-fi.

I’ve also added 16 new photos. Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of them:

reaching ice

orange autumn

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.

Misc November 2010
10 photos of rain drops, the moon and my new book.

Branson, Missouri
80 photos of Branson including Christmas lights, landmarks , bridges, and rock faces

13 close up photos of frost.

52 photos of leaves, weeds, trees and a pumpkin

December Snow
29 photos of snow and frost

December Misc
5 photos of the eclipse

Blue Christmas
18 photos of our blue and silver Christmas Tree

Blog Updates:


Lost Chapters: The Black Clique
Jorick explains to Katelina why Vampires prefer black.

Lost Chapters 3: Ask and You Shall Receive
Katelina and Jorick discuss Loren’s history

Just in Case
You never know when you might need to defend yourself against a vampire…

In an Alternate Universe Part 1
Fan fiction written by Jonathan Harvey

Lost Chapters 4: Jorick of Oz
Who knew Jorick wouldn’t find a snowball amusing?

In an Alternate Universe Part 2
A second fan fiction written by Jonathan Harvey

In an Alternate Universe Part 3
After two rounds of Jonathan Harvey fan fiction, Jorick revolts.

Lost Chapters 5: They Say
The story of where the coffins come from

Smashwords explained
Smashwords eBook publishing explained for Readers and Authors

Lost Chapters 6: That Would be Cheating
The finer points of mind control in battle.

Seven Author Principles
Written off of the article Seven Principles to Build a Great social Network

Six Sentence Sunday
Six sentences from Shades of Gray for the weekly blog event

Vampires Get Depressed, Too
A fun YouTube video

The New Google eBooks program
Google eBooks explained.

Holiday Sale
Multi Author, Multi Genre event

Six Sentence Sunday
Six more sentences from Shades of Gray for the weekly blog event

Join Me
For an awesome author interview on Alannah’s blog, Sinister Echoes!

Lost Beginning
The original beginning for book 3: Ties of Blood

New Beginning
The new, unedited version of Ties of Blood

Vampire Paper Dolls
A very cool set of vampire paper dolls from Dover.

Author Excerpts
Now accepting samples of authors work to post on my blog through the month of January

Eternal Gift by Ashlynn Monroe
An excerpt of Ashlynn’s paranormal erotica, Eternal Gift


Legacy of Revolt
Short Story. After I loan my characters to Jonathan, they revolt!

More Book Covers
Book Covers for The Gypsy, You’re Next, Adaire Park, & Before You

The Party
A silly short story about a costume party that goes horribly wrong

Book Covers Round 2
Book Covers for Monster Story, The Shoestring Greeting Card Company, Uncommon Bond & Here Begin the Lessons.

Even More Book Covers
Covers for Photographing Love, The Blooms Between Death and Reincarnation, Owner’s Manual for Injury Prevention, Insatiable Love, The Cry of the Morning Glory, Siddhartha Gautama, The Pleasure of Rustics & An Anthology of Deady Mysteries.

A Couple More Book Covers
Covers for The Hill and Alien Challenge

Internet Ramblings
Fun things I’ve found online and a poem about the color red

Anatomy of a Book Cover
The Book cover for The Voices of Cellar’s Bridge: Katherine’s Hop from sketch to finish. Also featuring a poem about the color orange.

A Question of Evil
A silly short story about a vacuum salesman’s bad day

Another Batch of Book Covers
Book covers for Bramdean, Shades of Plaid, Advertising for Love, You and None Other, and Don’t Murder Maria.


Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter 1
Chapter 1 of the new novel

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter 2
Chapter 2 of the new novel

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter 3
Chapter 3 of the new novel

Legacy of Revolt
After I let Jonathan Harvey write a story with Jorick and Katelina, my characters revolt.

The Party
A short silly story about a costume party that ends in unforeseen disaster

Where’s the Respect?
After comments from MySpace’s marketing department that bloggers don’t make up a high enough percentage to count, some of us are understandably upset…

The MySpace battles rage on.

Poets Round Table: Openings
A roundtable poem about the rescued miners that I contributed a stanza to

Blogophilia 3.0
Testing the new platform and photos of fun with hats

Supplier Shortage
A silly short story. The Vampires’ King is dead and, worse, they are out of kittens!

Internet Randomness
Some interesting things I ran into online and a poem for the CPC Simple Sunday

Anatomy of a Book Cover
While other people wrote books for NaNoWriMo, I did a cover…

Random and Boring
Exactly what it says. featuring three videos of our trip to Branson

Blogophilia 43.3
More boring yack. featuring book covers.


Testing This Out
I am making an effort to move my personal blog from Myspace to wordpress – one post at a time.

Bubble Wrap
A rant about over protecting children

Destiny and Rice Crispies
The story of how Rice Crispies changed my life….

Blogophilia 43.3
Random holiday yacking. Featuring Random Book Covers

The Scanner Saga
After a computer upgrade my scanner suddenly doesn’t work…

A Visit from the Relatives
There’s nothing like family…

Demon’s Freedom
Flash Fiction. A demon gets his freedom from the family line that commands him.

TTTC Special message
A special Merry Christmas from Jo and Jonathan

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Yahoo Groups
A take off of the famous Kindergarten list

A rant about people’s need to slam one another down

Laundry Theft
A funny rant about a seriously aggravating incident: someone steals a load of my clothes from the laundromat


Projects I hope to finish in January are

Legacy of Ghosts Trailer
Pick a personal blogging site
book covers for other people
The rough draft of Amaranthine Book 3: Ties of Blood
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

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Have a great month and a great year!

Jo 😀

Join me….

at for a very fun author interview! Alannah Murphy, a fellow vampire writer and artist, did an amazing job on the post, and she had some great questions, so stop by and say hello!

Hope to see you all there!

Oh, and just for Jonathan, though you’re all welcome to some:

Cheeeeeeeese Friiiiiiiieeeeessssss

Just in Case

I’m really more of a let’s-all-love-our-vampires kind of gal, but as the boy scouts say, “be prepared”.  After all, vampires are creatures of the night, and you never know when they might get a little out of hand.  And even if your vampire friend is one of those sweet, sugary, I’d-rather-die-than-drink-from-a-human sort, their friends may not be. In that case, doesn’t it make sense to be ready?

And now, thanks to The Green Dragon you can do just that! Check it out:

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(Isn’t that fun? I got that link from a forum on GoodReads and had to share! They have some other really cool items, like wands, skystones and tankards, but the vampire stakes were too cool!)

Of course, if you’re on a tight budget and handy with power tools, you could always make them yourself:

stolen from

(read all the way to the end to see what they were really for – it’s pretty funny)

Now I’m not advocating vampire slaying, but I’m just saying, you never know. Better to be safe than sorry.

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