Happy Holidays with Ghosts, Murder, and Gold

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Yes, it’s time to start finding gifts for friends and families. Why not make it easy this year?

Stop shopping until you drop. This year, support Indie Authors. Through November and December several of us will be promoting Indie Authors’ books along with our own. It’s so simple to purchase an e-book these days. You just need the recipient’s email address to buy a gift from either Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes and Noble. As our gift to you, some of us will be selling at just 99cents, so take advantage of the holiday prices to load up your friends’ and families’ libraries. And while you’re at it, why not grab yourself a copy?

Today I am featuring Steve Evan’s brand new thriller Attila’s Angels available for $3.99

As the search for Attila’s tomb gets into gear, rivals circle with murder in mind. The body count mounts but things go a little bit strange when ghosts connected to the prize begin to interfere with the living.

Since the description is so short, I’ll add my review!

Terrence is elbow deep in the search for the legendary – and lost – tomb of Attila the Hunn. He and his partner Simone have a clever method that is sure to yield results – that is until his dead wife Zoe returns and throws a cog in the works.

As a ghost, Zoe can come and go when she pleases. But she’s not the only one. In the afterlife she’s found herself trapped with a little group of spirits including a former nazi, a dead Russian commander and none other than Attila himself. What is it they all have in common? The missing tomb of course!

Terrence soon learns that he’s not the only one hunting for it. A cast of characters, both living and dead, have great interest in the missing tomb, said to be made of gold and silver. It’s a the ultimate treasure hunt, and it just may drive the participants to madness or death.

This is one of Steve Evan’s best books, in my humble opinion. It has everything; ghosts, violence, sex, blood, murder, mystery, and history. He has woven together several different characters, and time lines, to create an exciting tapestry that kept me turning the figurative pages. Five stars!

Buy it: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/501084

Children’s Christmas Story

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Yes, it’s time to start finding gifts for friends and families. Why not make it easy this year?

Stop shopping until you drop. This year, support Indie Authors. Through November and December several of us will be promoting Indie Authors’ books along with our own. It’s so simple to purchase an e-book these days. You just need the recipient’s email address to buy a gift from either Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes and Noble. As our gift to you, some of us will be selling at just 99cents, so take advantage of the holiday prices to load up your friends’ and families’ libraries. And while you’re at it, why not grab yourself a copy?

Today I am featuring DM Yate’s holiday story Gingerbread Castle. Perfect for bedtime, or anytime, and it’s only $.99!

Gingerbread Castle is a holiday rhyme book for children ages 7 to 9 years old and is available in ebook (for 99cents) or paperback. It can be purchased online where-ever ebooks and paperbacks are sold.

Gingerbread Castle is a place in Dreamland only where children can visit and enjoy lots of fun games and foods too. There’s a train to ride which even zooms along the roof and the only way to get there is on Jimmy the Elf’s sleigh pulled by reindeer.

 

Get it on: Amazon | Smashwords | B&N

DM yates also writes books for adults. If you’d like a free sample of her writing, grab yourself the Strange Portals Anthology, available at Smashwords.

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Happy Holidays with Poetry by Bonnie Mutchler

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Yes, it’s time to start finding gifts for friends and families. Why not make it easy this year? Like myself, DM Yates will be posting great bargains, and in the spirit of the holidays I thought I’d share!

From DM Yate’s blog:

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Happy Holidays Week Two

Keeping up with my list of books for holiday gifts, this week I showcase poetry books. Last week, I pointed out two individuals for book covers and suggested how unique this gift would be for that special author or small business owner. You can click on my older posts to read those.

All this week I will be promoting poetry by Indie Authors. I have often said that my heart belongs to writing but my soul belongs to poetry.

Poetry is not as popular as in past times but there are still plenty of modern-day skilled poets, and there are many who enjoy a good poetry book.

Bonnie Mutchler is a poet but not a good one. No. She is beyond excellent and pure genius. Her works are hauntingly bewitching. And here’s the best part – her books are FREE!

READ MORE…

Happy Holidays with Ebooks – from DM Yates

Check out the first of the series by DM Yates as she gears up for the Holiday season by showcasing some awesome christmas gift ideas for both the readers and authors in your life. Today’s featured gift idea is a book cover gift certificate. Get the details at her blog and be sure to subscribe to receive more great Christmas gift deals as she showcases quality ebooks and more at prices sure to make your pocket book happy.

http://dmyates.weebly.com/blog/happy-holidays-with-ebooks

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A Message from the Gang….

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US!!

This funky card is created by Joleene Naylor.
Create your own funky card at CardFunk.

Eternal Gift by Ashlynn Monroe

This is an excerpt from Eternal Gift by Ashlynn Monroe, a short paranormal erotica available on Smashwords for only $.99.

Angelica meets a mysterious man at her office Christmas Party, a man who wants to taste her in every way possible. When an accident takes everyone she loves away and leaves her on the brink of death, she receives the darkest of Christmas gifts.

“We’re losing her. Clear.” Distantly I hear the words. A man spoke. He was right. I’m dying. With a last pained sigh, I feel myself drifting into a comma.

Four Hours Earlier

A full week remains until Christmas, yet the annual company Christmas Party is in full swing. Camera flashes remind me everything I do has the potential to haunt me on Monday. I’m jubilant it does feel like Christmas. We received our bonus checks tonight and mine is already burning a hole in my pocket. I can’t wait to go to the bank so I can put a down payment on a new car. Mine died, costing more than it’s worth to repair. Sick of bumming rides, I’ll be glad to get back behind the wheel.

“Oh my God, Max do you see what she’s wearing?” I can’t stop the giggle as I speak softly. I’d hit my limit of alcohol, hours ago. I normally don’t let myself get drunk, but tonight I am. The light-headed feeling of euphoria is making me much snider than I’d normally be. I point at Ginger Snaps. That’s not her real name, but it’s what we call the slutty, unnatural red head. The woman had stolen more boyfriends than I’d be able to count on my fingers and toes.Thoughtlessly she’d recently stolen Tony’s boyfriend. Tony dated him for three years; he’d even given her a ring. Ginger Snaps had already thrown the horn dog aside. Too bad the damage was done, the relationship was over. Tony’s heart was broken and Finn wasn’t getting a second chance. He’d groveled, but Tony already knew he was capable of cheating. Once a cheater, always a cheater, Finn was out of her life forever. My heart broke for her. There wasn’t anything I could do to help. Except to listen and sympathize with how wronged she’d been. Ginger Snap seemed drunk too. She was wearing the most awful shiny silver dress.

“That dress makes her look fat.” Lakeisha giggled after she spoke, which caused me to giggle again. Lakeisha sounded drunk. She’s supposed to be my driver. I’m a little bit nervous that she’s been drinking, but I’m so much drunker, the worry is fleeting as Tony hands me another shot. I’ve no idea what I’m drinking. Honestly, I don’t care. It’s fun. I’m out with my best friends. I, Angelica Tomas, have decided to give myself permission to enjoy a good time. Letting my hair down felt long overdue, I’m in no hurry to sober up.

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For more information on this and her other titles, please visit Ashlynn’s website at http://ashlynnmonroe.com
And have a Happy New Year!!

Holiday Sale

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas out there – or at least a lot like winter. Cold, snowy, icy and gray. But don’t let the winter weather get you down! Cheer up with a good book at a great price.

The Indie Authors Unite Kindle Holiday Sale features awesome, discounted reads from authors like Valerie Maarten, Delle Jacobs, Jodi Langston and more.  Take a moment to check out the deals, then snuggle up with a hot cup of coco and tell mother nature to be cold and snowy without you!

Why wait until Christmas for a present? Keep  an eye on the right side of my blog (right at the top) where I will be posting links for free reads every day or so until the 25th.

Stay warm and Happy Holidays!

October Newsletter

So, the newsletter is more than a week late. I know everyone’s been waiting on tenterhooks for the new edition, but you must wait no more! At last! It is here – and it is full of news!

Legacy of Ghosts, the second installment in the Amaranthine series, is finally available for purchase! You can pick up your digital copy at Smashwords or Amazon Kindle, or grab a paper back. If you’re interested in an autographed copy then drop me a line at Joleene@JoleeneNaylor.com.

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

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

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

Winners in the Legacy of Ghosts contest have also been announced. I want to thank everyone who entered, and I hope you had some fun with the questions. The winner of the Bonus contest was Sharon Stogner, who will be getting a double prize pack containing both the books in the Amaranthine series, while Jonathan Harvey and Falcon both won a copy of Legacy of Ghosts. Congratulations guys! If you want to watch the official drawing, you can do so here.

Also out last month is the nonfiction title How to Get a Cheap Book Cover: from how to woo your cover artist to simple DIY.

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A great book cover doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This book covers everything from hiring someone else, to all the DIY tips you need like finding the right font, locating the perfect picture, and illustrated step by step instructions on how to put the cover together in three popular art programs. At the moment it’s only available through Smashwords, but I may expand the market later.

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 7 book covers:

Bracelets of Light cover

Dangerous Times Mai Tai butterfly - yellow

Waiting for Pops Write a eulogy with photo

Legacy by LC Cooper

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: All About Halloween.com The name says it all. Learn the history of Halloween, decorating tricks, or pick up some fun recipes and how to tips on pumpkin carving. If it’s Halloween, then it’s here!

The Lots-O-Fun link: Halloween Fun Pages Download scary music, play online games, do jigsaw puzzles, coloring pages and even listen to old episodes of Tales from The Crypt. Suitable for all ages; go get your Halloween on!

The Read of the month: The Outsiders (from smashwords) The Outsiders is a collection of 13 dark fantasy stories from some of the best names and bright new names in dark fiction. An eclectic mix of styles and genres lurk within these pages…so uncork a glass of wine, dim the lights, sit back in a comfy chair…and enjoy this offering from Ghostwriter Publications.

The Music of the month: Spooky Halloween Music Looking for spooky sound effects or some good, creepy music to play at your Halloween party? Then look no further! Download MP3’s with titles such as Halloween Graveyard or Halloween Psycoz. There’s even sheet music, should you be of the more talented persuasion.

The Video of the month: Art’s Web Show Episode Three by Richard North. Kseverney gets his heart broken, though one can’t help sniggering along to his pain. Meanwhile, Sir Richard critiques Cornered’s painting, only the artist doesn’t take the comments with such good grace… The third in the series, Richard North continues to perfect his different characters, each one of which represents a facet, or aspect, of his personality.

(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.

OF NOTE: the website is still down, so Jonathan and I have decided to make a new one at Terribleturtles.com Look for the new site sometime next month. In the meantime….

In September we finished Chapter Four: Let There be Dragons, in which the disgruntled characters from Day & Dark Comics find valiantly rescue Veronica from the clutches of a Speedy – a dog turned dragon. However, they left things behind and, in Chapter 5: Missing, Harold’s friend Rich seeks the aid of a detective to find his missing friends…
Read Chapter Four!

Read Chapter Five!

Check out the Table of Contents for past chapters

Can’t access MySpace, but you want to get in on the Turtle Action? You can read the comics on Blogspot as well – both Chapter Four and Chapter Five. So, if MySpace won’t work for you, then check it out there!

Website Updates

I had hoped to have the new website up as of this newsletter, but alas it’s not done yet. There is a problem with the loading screen and a few other items – but if you want to see a preview you can check it out at Joleenenaylor.com/beta In the meantime, I’ve added a few new things to the old version of the Ramblings from the Darkness website at www.JoleeneNaylor.com

I added two new poems to the Poetry Section of the site, Making a Memory, written for the CPC and Internal Struggle.

I’ve also added 13 new photos. Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of them:

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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.

Hospital
54 photos of various hospital things; from the view out the windows to oxygen hook ups, empty beds, visitor chairs and more.

September Misc
55 photos including “retro” images, water, reflectors, parking lots and more.

Mid Autumn
31 photos including sunsets, rust colored grass, tire tracks and flowers.

Flowers, Bugs N Butterflies
24 photos of flowers, a cicada, a leaf bug and some pretty butterflies..

Blog Updates:

AMARANTHINE NIGHT (AUTHOR BLOG)

The Book Cover is Here
The original book cover for Legacy of Ghosts

September Newsletter
Another successful attempt to blog the newsletters. Yay.

Google is a Girl’s Best Friend
What you post online can hurt your author – or other professional – image. You’d be surprised what pops up in search engine results.

Who Has Square Feet?
Not Oren, or at least not anymore….

The New Hickie
Teenagers bite one another until they draw blood and call it romantic – what do you think?

Where’s the Trailer, Naylor?
That’s a really good question….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter One: Part 1
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter One: Part 2
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter One: Part 3
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter One: Part 4
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter One: Part 5
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter One: Part 6
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter One: Part 7
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter One: Part 8
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter Two: Part 1
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter Two: Part 2
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter Two: Part 3
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

The Proof is Here
There’s a semi colon here, and a typo there, here a misspelling, there a misspelling, everywhere an extra period…

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter Two: Part 4
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter Two: Part 5
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Help Spread the Word!
Tags and Banners you can post to help spread the word about Legacy of Ghosts!

BLOGSPOT (WRITING, ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY)

A Trip to the Store
Come grocery shopping with me! includes a bonus random video

Spiffy Old Stuff: Babette, a paper doll
A paper doll from 1998; free to download, print, use, etc.

Postcards from Bilbo Volume 6
Bilbo, the amazing pencil guy, shares more of his adventures.

Morning Randomness
Some very cool photos, plans and a couple of videos I took with my phone.

How to Draw With No Money and No Talent Part 1
A six part series on how to draw with seemingly no talent and no money.

How to Draw With No Money and No Talent Part 2
A six part series on how to draw with seemingly no talent and no money.

How to Draw With No Money and No Talent Part 3
A six part series on how to draw with seemingly no talent and no money.

How to Draw With No Money and No Talent Part 4
A six part series on how to draw with seemingly no talent and no money.

How to Draw With No Money and No Talent Part 5
A six part series on how to draw with seemingly no talent and no money.

How to Draw With No Money and No Talent Part 6
A six part series on how to draw with seemingly no talent and no money.

Stress an Cool Retro Camera Photos
A long whiney blog with some neat photos at the end.

The Proof is Here
The Legacy of Ghosts proof arrive, finally….

MYSPACE (PERSONAL BLOG)

Out and About
for Blogophilia: grocery shopping was never so much fun before.

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

Spiffy Old Stuff: Babette
A paper doll from 1998

Morning Randomness
Some whining, some cool photos and a couple of videos. Wow.

Stress and Cool Retro Photos/a>
More whining and more photos.

The Proof is Here
The typo filled proof for Legacy of Ghosts finally arrives….

COMING NEXT MONTH:

Projects I hope to finish in October are

Legacy of Ghosts Trailer
Update all my profiles
book covers for other people
The new TTTC website
The special Bonus comic for the super secret TTTC Publishing Project
I wouldn’t mind finishing up some other misc artwork, but we’ll see about that

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

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Have a great month and a happy Halloween!

Jo 😀

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