Lost Chapters 3: Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Why should DVDs get all the fun? now presenting the deleted scenes* from Legacy of Ghosts! In other words, The Lost Chapters. – click the link for more info.

More info

Of course, since these are little snips, you don’t need to have read Legacy of Ghosts to enjoy them.

(Insert this in the middle of Chapter Five, on the way to the roses.)

Katelina glared into the unfamiliar darkness of the motel room. She was annoyed with the situation, annoyed with Jorick, and even annoyed with Loren. How could he be so enthusiastic about it all? But there were a lot of unanswered questions about him.

Jorick stirred next to her and murmured quietly, “You should get some sleep, Katelina.”

She agreed, but instead of taking the advice asked suddenly, “So how does Loren get away with it?”

Jorick half turned in bed to stare at her curiously. “Get away with what?”

“With being a vampire. I mean, he looks like a teenager, right? Don’t the locals notice he doesn’t ever grow up? How does he get out of going to school? And you know, that chick he was dating? I mean she was a teenager, but he’s really, what? My age or older, I imagine. Think about that age difference!”

Jorick cleared his throat noisily to stop the flow of random thoughts. “I don’t know. He just doesn’t go, and I’d have to figure up how old he was, which I don’t care enough to do.”

Not to be deterred, she demanded, “But he is from around there, right? And no one notices?”

Jorick gave a resigned sigh and rolled over to fully face her. “Yes, he’s from ‘around there’. He and his brother both were.”

“And where are his parents?” She paused, and then gave vent to her own private theory, “He didn’t, you know, suck them dry?”

Jorick’s eyebrows shot up with outraged offence. “Suck them dry?” he demanded. “Suck them dry? That’s a lovely phrase!”

She brushed off his overreaction. “Well, did he?”

“Not that I know of.” Jorick glared at her . “The next time you’re eating I should say you’ve mashed your food to death, right?”

“It’s already dead,” she pointed out, then switched back to her original topic. “So, what happened to them, then?”

He sniffed disdainfully. “They died. They were mashed to death.”

She couldn’t stop from rolling her eyes. “Very funny. What really happened to them?”

“A car wreck, I believe. I don’t know. It isn’t as though Loren and I sit around the fire trading stories of our lives! If you want to know, then ask him. I’m sure he’ll be more than happy to tell you.”

She turned the idea over uncomfortably. “No,” she answered slowly. “It would be rude to just point blank ask.”

Jorick seemed surprised. “Why?”

She fidgeted with the hem on the bedspread. “Because…. It is. If he wanted me to know, he’d tell me, himself.”

Jorick pondered the idea a moment. “Assuming he knew you were interested. I doubt it’s occurred to him that you care.”

“Oh, I don’t care,” she said quickly.  “I’m just, you know, kind of curious.”

“Well, be kind of curious tomorrow and ask him.” Jorick yawned pointedly and then rolled onto his back. “For now, I’m rather tired, and we have a potentially long day ahead of us tomorrow.”

“Yeah, I suppose,” Katelina murmured with no conviction. Somewhere the mood of the whole conversation had changed, as had the real topic. The letters popped into her mind and she wondered if Jorick would have the same “just ask” policy about those?

Somehow, she doubted it.

*However, unlike deleted scenes, these were actually written later, for fun, so I could pull off the whole “Lost Chapters” gag. None of the Lost Chapters were ever in the original manuscript, nor were they ever deleted. Thank you for reading the small print.

Lost Chapters 2: The Black Cliche

Why should DVDs get all the fun? now presenting the deleted scenes* from Legacy of Ghosts! In other words, The Lost Chapters. – click the link for more info.

More info

Of course, since these are little snips, you don’t need to have read Legacy of Ghosts to enjoy them.


(Insert this in the middle  of Chapter Four, after the nightgown but before the dining room discovery)

Katelina stared through the darkness, her thoughts churning.  She could hear Jorick’s slow steady breathing as he settled down for the night, and she knew that any moment it would all but disappear as he dropped off to sleep. If she wanted to talk, now was her chance.

“So, what’s with the Executioner’s cliché outfits, anyway?”

Silence greeted her question, so she nudged Jorick and repeated it.  Slowly, he asked, “What?”

She was certain she’d spoken English, but she tried to hide her impatience and said for the third time, “I wondered why the Executioner’s outfits are so cliché. You know, long black coat, black clothes; even the silver medallion thing’s pretty unimaginative. They look like they came out of a Hollywood blockbuster, or an anime.”

“A what?”

Her eyes narrowed suspiciously. Jorick was getting oddly hard of hearing all of a sudden, or else purposefully obtuse. “An anime. You know, those Japanese cartoons with all the weird stuff in them?”

“No. I don’t.”

“You can get them online almost anywhere. There’s a bunch of them on youtube-“ she broke off as she realized who she was talking to. “Oh.”

Jorick was silent a moment and then he asked, “If they’re just Japanese cartoons, why are they called anime? Why aren’t they just called Japanese cartoons?”

“Because anime is short for animation,” Katelina explained knowledgably.

Jorick rolled over to face her. She couldn’t see him in the darkness, but she could feel him studying her. “All right. So why isn’t all animation called anime then?”

“Because it isn’t Japanese!” she exclaimed impatiently. “Have you been listening to me?”

“Yes, but have you?” He broke off and then repeated, “Why is it called anime?”

Why did he expect her to know that? It wasn’t as if she was an emissary for the whole human race! “I don’t know! It just is!”

“Okay then. That’s why the Executioners dress that way. Because they ‘just do’.”

Katelina ground her teeth impatiently and jabbed her finger into his ribs. “Very funny.”

“You expect me to know everything,” he pointed out with his usual too perfect perception. “So why can’t I expect you to?”

“Because I’ve never been to Japan, or made Japanese cartoons, but you’ve been an Executioner! For crying out loud! Did you used to look like something from a cheap horror movie?” She stopped as she had a sudden mental image of his current wardrobe choices; black shirt, black pants, long black coat. “My god, you’re a walking cliché!”

“Thanks very much,” he drawled, managing to sound very offended. “But, did it occur to you that cliché’s come from somewhere?”

She blinked against the darkness. “What?”

“Now who’s obtuse?” he questioned, and then went on, “Cliché’s come from somewhere. Someone has to originate every idea, and that original idea becomes a cliché when everyone else embraces and regurgitates it. So, just because it is now a cliché doesn’t mean that it wasn’t an original idea when it started. And yes, that was the basic ‘uniform’, if you will, when I was one of them. Originally it was a long black cloak, and then as time and fashion progressed it changed to a coat.  And yes, I like black. We’ve been over this before. Black is non offensive, it doesn’t clash so I never have to worry about mixing and matching clothes, and it makes it easier to disappear into the shadows. All together it’s a lovely color and I believe that’s why it rotates back into popularity all of the time. You notice that yellow doesn’t last long, but everyone likes black.”

Katelina stared at Jorick in disbelief.  “Yellow?” she asked weakly.  She couldn’t picture Jorick anywhere near yellow, let alone wearing it.  In fact, she couldn’t picture any vampire in yellow.

“Exactly,” he agreed emphatically. “Now, if you’re done, I’m afraid I’m rather tired.” As if to prove his statement, he gave a long, loud yawn. “I realize that I’m the all knowing font of knowledge, but even the wisdom of the world must sleep now and then. Unless you have any other random questions?”

She glared at him and then, in her most innocent voice asked, “Yes, all knowing font of knowledge, why is it called anime?”

He made a small noise in his throat, but didn’t bother to answer her.

*However, unlike deleted scenes, these were actually written later, for fun, so I could pull off the whole “Lost Chapters” gag. None of the Lost Chapters were ever in the original manuscript, nor were they ever deleted. Thank you for reading the small print.

You Asked For It…

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

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

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Lost Chapters 1: Sparkling Jorick

why should DVDs get all the fun? now presenting the deleted scenes* from Legacy of Ghosts! In other words, The Lost Chapters. – click the link for more info.

More info

Of course, since these are little snips, you don’t need to have read Legacy of Ghosts to enjoy them.

(Insert this randomly into Chapter Three between the walk and the stitches)

Katelina lay on the living room couch and stared at the book in her hands. It was another 1800’s era “classic” and, though she  liked old books, she wanted something newer. Maybe something that didn’t have the women in bustles.

The door opened and her eyes flicked from the printed words to Jorick, who strolled into the living room casually. He started for the dining room, but when he noticed her scrutiny he changed directions and came to stop next to the couch. “Hello.”

She gave him a cursory smile, then asked, “Don’t you have any books that were published after 1901?”

His brow wrinkled. “What?”

“Books,” she repeated. “Published after 1901? Maybe something from the last fifty years?”

“Of course I do,” he responded testily. “You just have to look for them.”

“That could take the rest of my life,” she muttered darkly. “It isn’t like you have anything organized around here!”

If his expression was anything to go on, the idea was a completely foreign one to Jorick. “And how should it be organized, pray tell?”

“The books could go in a book case. That would be a good start.”

He blinked at her, and then waved the conversation away. “You just have to look for them,” he repeated. “I’ve got a lot of books around here-“

“I’ve noticed.”

He ignored the interruption. “-And there’s surely something you approve of.”

Loren chose that moment to arrive, noisily banging the door open and closed. Alost tauntingly, the boys arms were laden with even more freaking books!

“You’re bringing yours over here now?” she cried. “There’s enough!”

Loren dropped the stack into one of the wing backed chairs and straightened his hoodie. “Nah, these are Jorick’s. Just bringing them back.”

Katelina couldn’t stop the annoyed eye roll. “Fantastic. Just what we need. More books.”

“There’s some good ones in here,” Loren objected. He paused to rifle through the heap and one fell to the floor with a bang. Loren left it lay, oblivious to the dark look Jorick shot at him. He seemed to suddenly find what he wanted. “Here, this one’s good.” He held up a battered paperback of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

“It’s strange,” Jorick countered, and scooped up the fallen book.

“It’s supposed to be!” Loren explained, waving the book for emphasis. “It’s funny.”

Katelina climbed to her feet and moved to examine the books. Most had unfamiliar, albeit modern covers, all except one; a black cover with a bright red apple.

“You’re joking!” she cried and hefted the heavy book. “You own this?”

Jorick peered disinterestedly over her shoulder. “Oh, that. Yes, I suppose I do.”

“Oh my God! You’ve read this? Seriously?”

“Yes, I read it. I’ve read a great deal worse, though I’ve also read a great deal better.”

“No shit!” Katelina suddenly imagined him sitting in the chair pouring over the teenage romance, a kleenex clutched in his hand. The image was too much to take and her laughter got the better of her so that she dropped onto the couch, the book clutched in her hands.

“I’m not sure what’s so funny,” Jorick remarked stiffly. “It’s a book, like any other.”

“Yeah, if you’re a twelve year old girl!”

“Hey!” Loren objected. “I read it too, you know!”

Katelina waved the objection away, and managed to choke out, “So, team Edward or Jacob?”

Jorick drew back a step, as though she’d lost her mind. “What?”

“Jacob.” Loren leaned on the back of the chair, settling in for the conversation. “That shit in the second book where he takes off and leaves her, I just can’t condone that, you know? He just leaves her there to get whacked by those other guys.” He grinned broadly. “Besides, the whole glitter thing is too gay, you know?” He jerked his head towards Jorick. “Can you imagine him glittering?”

“No,” Jorick stated flatly and snatched the book from Katelina’s hands. “She can’t.”

“Actually,” Katelina began, her grin large and evil. “I think it’s an interesting picture. Jorick in sparkles.” She held up her hands as if framing a photograph. “What do you think, Loren? Wouldn’t he be lovely?”

Loren laughed until Jorick smacked him in the back of the head. “Aw, come on man, lighten up! This is a literary discussion here!”

“It’s an imbecilic discussion,” Jorick replied. He looked at the book in his hands, then held it out to Katelina. “Here.  You were so desperate for something modern.”

Her laughter died and she cleared her throat noisily. “Well, yes, but…”

Jorick raised an inquiring eyebrow. “But?”

She shifted uncomfortably, her eyes on the floor. “But, well.” Her voice got quiet and she admitted reluctantly, “I’ve already read it.”

Jorick’s expression was one of satisfied smugness.

*However, unlike deleted scenes, these were actually written later, for fun, so I could pull off the whole “Lost Chapters” gag. None of the Lost Chapters were ever in the original manuscript, nor were they ever deleted. Thank you for reading the small print.

The Lost Chapters

You’ve probably seen the special features that come with most DVD’s. They range from the ever cheesy movie commentary to my personal favorite: the deleted scenes. Whenever we finish a movie the next thing we do is check the menu to watch all the scenes that got cut. But, wouldn’t it be cool if you could do that with a book?

Well, now you can.

Presenting The Lost Chapters – the “deleted scenes”* from Legacy of Ghosts. Just like the deleted scenes, these will be tiny nuggets that have been removed from their surrounding scenes, with very little references given, so that you have to strain and try to figure out exactly where that went.  Okay, maybe not.

Though I will mention where the scene “fits in”, it isn’t necessary for you to have read the book to enjoy them.  They’re also pretty much spoiler proof. How cool is that?

I’ll be posting these one a week, so all the links won’t be active yet:

The Lost Chapters

  1. Sparkling Jorick
  2. The Black Cliché
  3. Ask and Ye Shall Receive
  4. Jorick of Oz
  5. They Say
  6. That Would be Cheating
*However, unlike deleted scenes, these were actually written later, for fun, so I could pull off the whole “Lost Chapters” gag. None of the Lost Chapters were ever in the original manuscript, nor were they ever deleted. Thank you for reading the small print.

Special Sale and Fun Videos!

Yeah, it’s a “two fer'” post.

First I want to announce the exciting news that Shades of Gray, previously $11.00 in paper back, is now $7.50.

That's a $3.50 savings!!

GET IT HERE

Yeah, this is that “Pro plan” I talked about, though I opted out of the extended distribution for the moment because it means I’d have to leave the price at $10.50. And,  where as it does make the books available to book stores such as Barnes and Noble or Borders, the only way my book would be there is if someone walked in, went to the counter and said, “Hey, can I get Shades of Gray by Joleene Naylor?” And if they’re doing that, then there’s a good chance that they could have just gotten the book online. In the end, with shipping and handling, they probably pay the same amount, and have it there in the same amount of time, except that they then have to go back to the bookstore to pick the book up, vs having it dropped off at their door.

I don’t know.  I might enable it later, meaning that this $7.50 thing may not be around forever. So, if you haven’t got the paper back yet, now’s the time to do it.

On a side note, I’m still waiting for the prize books to arrive. They’re supposed to be here no later than Monday, which means Wednesday for us in hicksville, so cross your fingers.

And now for the videos I promised!

I found these from random postings on the CPC Vampire vs Zombie Challenge and wanted to share them. The first one is short but hilarious:

And here’s another spoof/parody that gave me a giggle:

And as a bonus, this one isn’t exactly vampire related, but it was catchy and amused me:

Jonathan and His Inner Zombie Converse…

Okay, maybe it’s not his inner zombie, but that’s only because it’s too busy eating brains to do much talking.

Inner Workaholic: What are you talking about? Why aren’t we working on the webcomic?

Me: Because I was going to post this the other day-

Inner Procrastinator: Yeah, we got distracted. Remember YouTube?

Inner Workaholic: Oh, yeah. All right, it’s posted, let’s get to work.

Me: No it’s not. I haven’t given anyone the link yet.

Inner HTML Ninja: LINK

Me: What’s that going to do? Why would someone click on the word “link”? It needs an intro.

Inner Gushing Person: you should all check out Jonatha’s super cool pimp blog. And I’m not just saying that because he pimped me, but because it’s really cool. It’s so cool, and funny, that I ripped him off.

Inner HTML Ninja: Check it out

Inner Blonde: What? Like, how did we rip him off?

Me: this whole “conversation with the multiple personalities” thing. He did that first. In that really funny blog.

Inner Blonde: Oh! tee-hee!

Inner Workaholic: Good. Comic time.

Me: But wait! I have a couple of thank yous, first.

Inner Gushing Person: That’s my department, thank you very much. Don’t make me contact the union.

Me: Union?

Everyone *ignores me*

Inner Gushing Person: Yes, a super special thank you  to Sharon for her fantastic review – she’s like the book review ninja! Moves so fast you don’t even know she’s been 😉

Inner HTML Ninja: LINK

Me: Um, there was already a link there…

Inner Gushing Person: I’m not done yet! Also, a thank you to  Cherie for her awesome email the other day! (She was one of the poets that won a copy of Shades of Gray in the CPC Sharonlee Poetry Contest last August.)

Me: I remember that.  There were a lot of good poems.

Inner Cry Baby: Yeah, we didn’t win *sob* Not like that Bonnie who won 2!

Me: Yes we did. We won popular vote.

Inner Workaholic: Okay, now you’re just stalling. Get to work already!!

Me: okay! Okay! Yeesh! It’s sad when you get bossed around by imaginary personalities.

Inner Boss: Hey! Who’s bossin’ who? That’s my job! Do I need to contact the union again…

Me: *runs away*

(If you read Jonathan’s blog, this makes a lot more sense! 😉 )

Vampire Parodies

While checking out some links sent to be by Jonathan, aka Jissilly, I ran across these two Vampire/Twilight parodies by Key of Awesome and thought they were amusing enough to share.  No matter what your opinion is of the Twilight franchise, you should still get a chuckle out of them.

*chuckling*

Forsaken on YouTube: proof people have too much time on their hands

I was going to add a bonus music video to the release announcement because it’s a pretty pointless blog on it’s own, so I headed to youtube to find one of my  favorite vampire songs; Forsaken by David Draiman of Disturbed. It was on the Queen of the Damned soundtrack, a movie most notable for straying as far from the book as it could while still having the same characters.

The problem wasn’t that I couldn’t find this video, but that I couldn’t decide which version to share.

There is the very cool soundtrack version, complete with some movie clips:

This must be followed, of course, by the “reverse” version, in which someone has taken the song and, for reasons I can’t guess, turned it around backwards:

But, if that wasn’t bizarre enough, here is the  chipmunk version. I’m not joking:

This leads me to one conclusion: people on youtube have too much time on their hands.

Oh, and I bet David Draiman would still be hot, even dressed as a chipmunk.

David Draiman Columbus 2009

Image via Wikipedia

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

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