Help me choose a Pen Name

If you’ve ever visited my Smashwords author page, you might have noticed a book called The Do-Nothing Day that is about snuggly teddy bears and written for a target audience of four year olds. It was written and illustrated in roughly 2001, along with ten others, and they have since darkened my hard drive. Though, I originally uploaded it so people with questions could see what Smashwords books with images looked like, the book has gotten enough downloads that I’ve decided to upload the other ten as well. However, I’m not so sure that mixing children’s books and adult books is wise.

My vampire books aren’t erotica, but there’s enough of a difference that I wouldn’t want someone to judge either set of books based on the other. I already have enough of a fight convincing people that my vampires are not YA (thanks again, Twilight), and mixing kiddie books into my account isn’t going to help. But, I don’t see why someone shouldn’t be enjoying them. They are pretty cute, after all.

So, now comes the fun, interactive part of the blog where you get to cast your votes on what my pen name should be! Leave your vote in the comments or, if you have a better suggestion, then leave it, too. I’ll probably cross post this all over, but in the end I’ll compile them all together and whatever wins is the name I will use.

  • J. Harris-Naylor
  • J.R. Harris
  • Roey Harris
  • Sintiel Quen
  • Nic Constantinescu
  • Alex Marshall

All the names come from various things I’ve done over the years.  I could give you lengthy explanations, but I’ll refrain. I will say one of them is elvish.

Look forward to seeing what everyone thinks!

Vampire Paper Dolls

Most of you probably aren’t paper doll fans (it’s one of my personal vices) but I found a set that some of you might find cool; a vampire set.

The set includes both a male and female doll (the female is Lilith from Jewish biblical tradition, and the male is Cain, also from the bible), and outfits to turn them into a variety of vampire legends from both myth and the big screen. Costumes include: Elizabeth Bathory (The Blood Countess, Hungarian), Vlad Tepes (Prince of wallachia), Sekhmet (a warrior goddess from Egypt), Lamia (of Greek mythology), Kali (Hindu Goddess), Camaztoz (Mayan God), Vampire Cat of Nebeshima (Japense Legend), Chiang shi (Chinese “hopping corpse”), Queen Akasha (Queen of the Damned), Baobhan Sith (Scottish fairy vampire), Lord Ruthven (from The Vampyre by John Polidori), Sir Fraces Varney (from Varney the Vampire by James Malcolm Rymer), Carmilla (from Carmilla by Joseph Le Fanu), The skleton Count & the Vampire Mistress (from the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Caroline Grey), Count Orlok (from the movie Nosferatu), Bela Lugosi as Dracula,  Dracula’s Daughter (from the 1936 film of the same name), Vampira, Christopher lee as Dracula (from the 1958 film), Blacula (from the 1972 movie of the same name), Barnabus Collins (from the 60’s TV show Dark Shadows), Gary Oldman as Dracula (from the 1992 film), Lestat de Lioncourt (from Interview with the Vampire), Angel, Buffy & Spike (All from Buffy tv series), Edward Cullen (from Twilight) and Bill Compton (from True Blood).

(You’ll notice Jorick is missing 😉 )

Of course, I had to get my own set. I can’t include pretty, clean scans because that’s the same as giving them away, but I am including some photos of my favorite plates.

pretty cool, huh? I’d have liked to see something from the Anita Blake series, perhaps in place of three Buffy Characters, and also the vampire from Moonlight would have been a nice addition. I did like the ancient legend vampires, though, so I’m happy with set.

I intend to leave mine in the book,  though I did get my mother a set which we’re slowly cutting out. I will say that the “heads” don’t stay on the dolls very well, so it’s not a practical set for “playing”.

If you want your own set, they are Available on dover.com for basically $10 plus s&H.

You Asked For It…

okay, one person did, but hey, it’s too funny to ignore:

"Not a word, mortal... not one word..."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Bite Me!

So the other day I was in the midst of aggravations and randomly typed “Bite Me!” into google – and you wouldn’t believe what came up as the top result (or maybe you already know and I’m just behind?)

Bite Me is a hilarious vampire comic drawn by Dylan Meconis. The French revolution is raging in, well, France, and Claire is a board, easily distract-able serving wench. but that all changes when a suave, dark haired stranger waltzes into the inn, defends her from a tush slapping rogue, and then asks to sleep in the wine cellar. Clair is smitten at once, but the mysterious suave vampire-esque guy seems more interested in escaping – that is until Claire cuts her finger peeling potatoes…

The comic is available as a book, or you can read it online for free. It’s broken up into six chapters with an epilogue, but if you read it straight through by using the “next’ button on the bottom of each page, there is no break from one chapter to the next. I’m now on Page 77, which is roughly ten pages until the end of chapter four, and I really recommend it.

So, have you ever done a weird google/yahoo (etc) search and found something good? If so, what was it?

Who Has Square Feet?

“Not me!”

Or that’s what Oren would say if he cared enough to comment. Being the self centered guy he is, he’s too busy lamenting and planning his war against The Guild. You know how it goes.

In my post “The Book Cover is Here” I asked your opinion on whether Oren’s feet were too square, and the general consensus was that yes, they were. So, I’ve taken your advice and redone not only his feet, but his legs from the knees down.

Click the image for a larger view

Yeah, I had to go find reference images to look at for his feet., but I’m much happier with the result, and I think you guys will like it better too.

So, what do you think? Better? worse? you didn’t care in the first place?

P.S. There  a contest is coming at the end of September where you can win either an autographed paperback copy of Legacy of Ghosts OR a double prize pack that will include Shades of Gray and Legacy of Ghosts both.  Details are coming eventually, I promise!

September Newsletter

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After what has been a long, hot summer, autumn is finally here, and it’s brought some fun with it.

The winners of the Sharonlee Poetry Contest have been announced at the CPC! All the Judge’s choice winners will be receiving an autographed copy of Shades of Gray. A special congratulations goes out to all the participants for creating such wonderful poetry!

I found my blurb for the Legacy of Ghosts book cover and got it finished! Yay me!

Legacy of Ghosts cover 6 x 9 rough

If you’re curious, I went with “Sometimes the shadows of the past can darken the future.” It was a combination of ideas from myself, hubby and the internet. This just proves more heads are better than one.

And in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll be happy to tell you!

After the events of Shades of Gray, Katelina seeks rest and recovery at Jorick’s house by the sea. But peace is something that seems impossible to find, so long as she’s determined to stay with a vampire – and she is determined. Or is she?

Despite her growing attraction to her vampire “hero”, there are so many things she doesn’t know about him; so many secrets left hidden in the shadows. While Katelina struggles to unravel the mystery of a locked room and a faded photograph, a storm brews in the world beyond. Kateesha, a former ally, builds a secret war coven to fight the same battle as Jorick’s fledgling. But, a common enemy isn’t enough to overcome past betrayals, and the tempest explodes into a violent frenzy that may leave one of them dead, if not changed forever.

Old enemies will resurface and the past will come back to haunt both Jorick and Katelina as they’re pulled by opposing forces into a battle that neither had anticipated. Can they band together and stand strong against the waves that threaten to tear them apart, or will they loose themselves to old regrets and older guilt? And even if they can survive, is there any way to lay the memory of past mistakes to rest, or will they both be haunted by their ghosts forever?

Coming in October 2010, 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.

Speaking of my husband, he is hard at work coding the new website, which will hopefully be unveiled in time for the new book. It’s a much cleaner, tidier version, and I like it better, so cross your fingers!

If you haven’t visited my new Author’s blog yet, then please stop by to enjoy sneak peeks, random vampire fun and the occasional word on self publishing. You can find it at https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/.

Now for the obligatory “blah, blah, go buy my books, blah, blah…”

101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire is available through Amazon Kindle for $.99 or Smashwords where you can set your own price and pay only what it’s worth to you!

Of course, if you’ve missed Shades of Gray, you can still get it through Amazon/CreateSpace for $11.00 , Amazon Kindle for $1.50 and Smashwords where you can set your own price!.

Feel like you’re missing out because you’re only on Facebook? Why not become a fan of the very cool Shades of Gray Fan Page Since Facebook has changed the way the pages work (of course) I am thinking about making an author page in the near future, so more details on that when/if it happens.

And if you’re in the market for a book cover, or book cover art, you might want to check out Coverart.JoleeneNaylor.com and see what I have to offer. This last month I completed 11 book covers:

last of the ninth Gioco a somma zero

Legacy Of A Stone Heart Janus' Limbo

diana mosley dud cheque

creation cover tips to help you build your business

injury prevention full cover

full cover proof

On a side note, I can also format documents for publication on Smashwords.

Now, let’s get on to the

Random Fun

The Interesting link: Kindle Nation Daily. You want Kindle books? This site has links to kindle books – cheap Kindle books! And what’s better than cheap, except free? Oh, well they have links to those too! Go, browse.

The Lots-O-Fun link: Cartoon Doll Emporium This might be a little girly, but it;s still a lot of fun. Hundreds of flash “paper doll” applications where you can dress and accessorize, and then save. Why? I don’t know. It’s just fun, people!

The Read of the month: My Lord Hades by Stephannie Beman (from smashwords) In a world where Gods rule and Daemons are feared, Hades, the most notorious Phlegethon daemon-god to roam the ancient world, is released from his prison in Tartarus by the Olympian Zeus to aid in the war against the Titians, and then he meets Persephone, daughter of the earth goddess Demeter, and may just lose his heart.

The Music of the month: Thousand Houses An indy band from Omaha, nebraska, led by the former front man of the now defunct Blue Moon ghetto, which had success back in the 90’s and whose CD’s sell for sixty plus dollars on Amazon (seriously!). The best part about the new band isn’t that they sound a lot like Blue Moon Ghetto, or even that they’re music is great, but that you can get their first album, Inside the Wires, as a free digital download just by singing up for the newsletter. Awesome, huh?

The Video of the month: Funny Lego Spoof of Harry Potter by Adam Carlson. The name says it all. “Hermie-own, Hermie-own, Hermie-own.” yeah, those weird, zombie like voices were stuck in my head all day! And though I love professor Snape, and bearded Draco, the Weasley Twins still win in my book 😉

(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.

In August we continued Chapter Four: Let There be Dragons, in which the disgruntled characters from Day & Dark Comics find themselves betrayed by their cartoon masters as they try to rescue Veronica from the clutches of a dragon….
Read Chapter Four!

Check out the Table of Contents for past chapters

Can’t access MySpace, but you want to get in on the Turtle Action? I am now posting the comics on Blogspot as well. So, if MySpace won’t work for you, then check it out there!

This month also saw the discovery of another evil turtle minion in the form of our good friend Lady Cheryl! Yes, Lady Cheryl has admited her guilt with a super special promo comic that isn’t to be missed!

Website Updates

I have added a few new things this month to the Ramblings from the Darkness website at www.joleenenaylor.com

This month the home page got a much needed update – go check it out and let me know what you think. The redesign is going to have more space. (can’t wait!)

I added a short story to the Short Story Section of the site called “The Dragon’s Maid”. It’s an edited version of the two month serial I did on MySpace, so take a look and let me know if you like the new ending better!

there’s a new piece of artwork in the Artwork Section called “Duality” and based on a piece commissioned for a book cover, with some fun additions of my own.

I’ve also added 11 new photos. Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of them:

leaf bug

petals are gone

Flickr Updates

In the last month 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.

Summer’s Gone
21 photos of thistles, flowers, a late summer sunset and trees.

August Misc
21 photos of flowers, mist, colored fog, dew on grass and a grape vine.

Bugs and Moths
30 photos including Cicadas, a luna moth, a brown moth, a leaf bug and some freaky black bugs

Books
17 photos of old, red jacketed books. Might make some useful stock photos.

Blog Updates:

AMARANTHINE NIGHT (AUTHOR BLOG)

August Newsletter
Experimenting with posting the newsletters.

Characters from Legacy of Ghosts: Loren Drake
An obviously “newer” vampire, Loren looks like he might have been 17 when he was turned. But just exactly who is he, and how does he know Jorick?

A Cool Video
Vampire Video – The Favour of Love.

Character’s from Legacy of Ghosts: Patrick Mullens
When Patrick’s brother, Michael, told him that he’d been turned into a vampire against his will, Patrick didn’t want involved. But, a brother is a brother, so Patrick relented and tried to help him escape his destiny, even going so far as allowing Claudius to mark him as a “human slave”…

Characters from Legacy of Ghosts: Velnya
Who was the mysterious woman with the sad eyes? Where is she now? Is she going to reappear suddenly? And, maybe more importantly, what was she – or is she – to Jorick?

A Paranormal Convention
Links to the site for “A Day of Mystical Blood Lust” convention in Kentucky. This looks awesome!

Characters from legacy of Ghosts: Micah
A vampire who could have dropped right out of a seventies biker movie, Micah comes equipped with a strong dislike for Jorick and a bad attitude…

Vampire Sex: Safe of Dangerous?
An attempt to discuss the age old psychology behind the vampire fetish.

A Vampire Video by Soulidium
A violent music video and an awesome song.

Winners of the CPC Announced
Winners of the CPC Sharonlee contest are announced. Each winner will receive a signed copy of Shades of Gray! Congrats!

The trouble with Twilight
Why does everyone love to hate this series?

BLOGSPOT (WRITING, ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY)

Free Flow Poetry Challenge
A free flow poem challenge from Art’s Web Show

Postcards from Bilbo Volume 4
Postcards from the adventuring pencil guy.

Characters from Legacy of Ghosts – Part 1
Pictures and Bios of some of the characters from the upcoming book

A Couple More Book Covers
Covers for Legacy of a Stone Heart by Marguerite Lindsey and Owners Manual for INjury Prevention by Bruce Kaler, M.D.

Cover Art Round 2
Covers for Janus’ Limbo by Riccardo Maffey, Gioco a somma zero by Riccardo Maffey, Friendship by Kitty Chappel and Last of the Ninth by Stephen Lorne Bennett

Basic Photo Editing
A long tutorial on many basic photo editing tips and tricks. uses Paint shop Pro, but most effects can be applied in other programs as well.

Postcards from Bilbo Volume 5
More postcards from the traveling pencil guy.

Knowledge is Shiny
A strange short story about a girl and her grandmother. featuring a random video of my feet and art in progress.

Just Another Secret
Flash fiction about the consequences of keeping innocent secrets.

A Silly Poem
A silly poem about time traveling romance

Summer’s Gone
Photos of the end of summer

King of Beasts Art Contest
My entry for the contest on Art’s web Show Blog

Two Poems
one poem about the first day of school for someone trapped in the same old same old, and the second about a medieval summer fair. Fun, fun!

MYSPACE (PERSONAL BLOG)

Bugs Bunny & a Clucky Celebration
for Blogophilia: A silly bugs bunny story and celebrating Clucky’s second birthday

Post Cards from Bilbo Volume IV
More post cards from the intrepid traveling Pencil Guy

Characters from Legacy of Ghosts Part 1
pictures and bios of five characters from the upcoming book.

Rambly Rambly-ness
Discussing the great MySpace disaster, the creature living in my closet and a hot anime character.

Book Covers and Ramblings
New book covers, cool google mail features, force upgrades and more.

Postcards from Bilbo Volume V
More postcards from the adventurous pencil guy

Vampire Sex: Safe or Dangerous?
A cross post from my author blog, discussing the age old psychology behind vampire fetishes.

True Knowledge
An odd short story about a junior witch and her granny. Featuring a video of my feet.

Flash Fiction: Just Another Secret
A story about the consequences of keeping seemingly innocent secrets for other people.

Uncovering the Conspiracy: Cheryl Holtz
Lady cheryl is the newest in a string of fellow Myspacers who have joined with the evil turtles. Check it out if you don’t believe me.

A Weird Poem and Some Photos
A silly time traveling poem and some of my “Summer’s Gone” photos.

Art Contest: The King of Beasts
My entry for the contest on Art’s Web Show blog. (links included so you can join the fun!)

Two Poems
“Like something Golden” tells the tale of the first day of school, while “Late Summer Fair” details a sweet romance as summer ends.

COMING NEXT MONTH:

Projects I hope to finish in August are

Legacy of Ghosts Trailer
Two book covers for someone else
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.

If you would like to unsubscribe from this mailing, please send a mail to Joleene@joleenenaylor.com with the subject UNSUBSCRIBE.

Have a great month!

Jo 😀

Characters from Legacy of Ghosts: Micah

Micah

micah

Hair: bald
Eyes: brown
Height: 5’ 11

A vampire who could have dropped right out of a seventies biker movie, Micah comes equipped with a strong dislike for Jorick and a bad attitude. But, he does share cigarettes, so maybe he’s not as bad as Katelina thinks….

(An older drawing, so i probably should have redone him. However, his face was spot on, so I didn’t want to mess with that.)

Characters from Legacy of Ghosts: Velnya

Velnya

velnya

Hair: black

Eyes: violet

Who was the mysterious woman with the sad eyes?  Where is she now? Is she going to reappear suddenly? And, maybe more importantly, what was she – or is she –  to Jorick?

Characters from Legacy of Ghosts:Patrick

Patrick Mullins

patrick

Hair: pale blonde
Eye color: ice blue
Height: 6’
When Patrick’s brother, Michael, told him that he’d been turned into a vampire against his will, Patrick didn’t want involved. But, a brother is a brother, so Patrick relented and tried to help him escape his destiny, even going so far as allowing Claudius to mark him as a “human slave”. An unexpected meeting with Jorick led Michael and Patrick to play double agent and the pair helped Oren, Jorick and Kateesha kidnap Arowenia, Claudius’s mate. But when Claudius’s threats got too dangerous, Michael suddenly changed his mind and wanted to return her. In the ensuing argument, Patrick accidentally told Michael where Arowenia was being held, and Michael murdered him for his efforts.

Characters from Legacy of Ghosts: Loren

Loren Drake

Loren

Hair: curly, black

Eyes: Brown

Height: 5’ 11”

An obviously “newer” vampire, Loren looks like he might have been 17 when he was turned. But just exactly who is he, and how does he know Jorick? And why is he so anxious to join Oren’s war, even at the risk of his own life?

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