Chance to win a free copy of Target Identified by Lindsay Downs


Target Identified by Lindsay Downs

I’m late posting this, but if you hurry there is still time to enter Lindsay Down’s contest to win a free ebook copy of Target Identified, her new Thriller/Mystery novel.

To enter, follow this link to her blog, read the blurb and answer the question in a comment.  The first ten correct answers win a free ebook. SImple as that.

Go. Enter.

Bid Not For My Love by Darcee Tana

Today’s excerpt comes from the Historical Romance Bid Not, for My Love by Darcee Tana

When Baron Raul of Kinsborough won a woman at a sale, he never knew, he would enter his castle with her as his bride.When Emma of Rosemund, fled from home, she never expected, she had commenced her journey to love. The first had wanted to become a Templar Knight, the second was on her way to the Abbey. But destiny had other ideas

“What happened at yer fathers?” Peter queried.

“My father wishes to see me wed. Nothing has changed much where that is concerned” Raul answered, once again bereft of emotion.

“I heard, there was disagreement” Peter remarked

“How is it, the news has reached before I did?” Raul grinned.

“Ye left yer squire behind when ye left in a rage. Yer father delivered him, just moments ago. We were about to set off with the others, when the guard saw ye both riding in. We worried a mishap had occurred to cause yer delay” Rowan filled in.

“Aye! My father, it is a wonder he did not get the bride delivered as well” Raul scoffed

“I must be getting old, Raul” Peter smiled “Ye bride is with yer father, yet yer betrothed is here with ye? What brings about this strange situation?”

“We will talk inside. For now, make sure all the guards know, that the lady is not to leave the castle. She is to be kept in sight, always. If she leaves, is taken or if anything happens to her, it will be at the cost of their lives” Raul was stern in his command. He then made his way towards the great hall.

“My Lord!” Sir Rowan called after him

“What is it, Rowan?” Raul inquired

“Does ‘our lady’ know that she is yer betrothed or have ye forgotten to inform her of it?” The question was serious, but the grin on Sir Rowan’s face could not be held back.

Raul was silent a moment and then he said “She will”

“And does she know to who she is to be betrothed to?” Sir Rowan asked

“She will” he repeated and with that reply he marched inside.


You can get Bid Not for my Love on Smashwords

Six Sentence Sunday

From Shades of Gray

A lone figure walked slowly towards her from around the house. His hair and clothing were all black, as if he were a part of the night. He was like a shadow wraith formed from her fears, with only his pale face to give him the illusion of reality.

He came to a stop in front of her and gazed down. He was tall and broad shouldered with a slim waist.  His mouth remained a tight–lipped line, though his eyes, dark and warm, seemed to be smiling at her.

Shades of Gray is currently available on the Amazon Kindle for 99 cents as part of the Indie Authors Unite Holiday Sale. Check out this list for some other great bargains.

*What is Six Sentence Sunday? It’s a group of writers who post six sentences from one of their manuscripts (whether published or no) every Sunday. It’s an excellent way to discover new writers and new books, so check out the other entries.  This is my first week of participation, but if time allows I hope to join in regularly.

Seven Author Principles

(I am cross posting this with the Self Published Author’s Lounge because I can )

Reading a book
Recently, someone sent me an article from Tech Crunch called The Seven Principles You need to Know to Build a Great Social Product. As you may know, I’m never content to leave anything in context, and so it made me think how these principles can apply to other things, such as writing and building your online platform and presence.

1. Make Your Book Matter in a World of Infinite Supply

Just as the article states, people are inundated with a huge number of products, sites, and in our case, books on a daily basis. Why should they read your book? And how are you getting that across? When someone comes across your site, or your links, they’ll give you only seconds to catch their attention before they move on to the next product. As this article suggests, the best way to get their attention is to consistently hit on the emotions your book is supposed to create in people. Your blurb, your blog and your site should convey those feelings not only verbally, but visually. Yes, you’re a writer, but despite what they say, the cover does sell the book and the site does sell the content because people have already processed the feelings created by the colors, layouts and element arrangements before they’ve even had time to read the title of the page. So, if your books are creepy vampire books, then your content should reflect that. Sweet romance? Then there may be some pink, or “pretty” colors in your future.

2. Be the Best at One Thing

In other words, Author Branding. Stephenie has recently posted on this topic, so I’ll leave the specifics to her, and just say that author branding means you need to have something consistent across all your books. An author who writes horror erotica or violent death scenes might find it hard to then sell a Christian devotional or even a children’s book. Be mindful of your genres and content.

3. Seek out Uniqueness

This could be what makes your book unique or, as the article suggests, making people feel unique. I do believe that can carry over into the writing not by giving your readers extra content, or making them feel as though they have in hand in things. For example several authors post their works in progress in a blog. Ruth Anne Nordin springs instantly to mind, when I think of this. Her readers get to comment and make suggestions, and she listens to them. This makes her readers feel special and unique and keeps them coming back. If you can connect to your readers on an emotional level, you’re more likely to keep them.

4. Focus on your Most Important “Interaction”

As a writer your most important “Interaction” is your writing; so, make sure your book is the best it can be. Edit it and then double edit it. Check it for typos and then check it again. Have at least one beta reader look at it for consistency and believability. When it comes to your site, make your homepage count. Have the most important information easily accessible so that your readers don’t have to hunt for it. Remember people have about a three second attention span.

5. Own your story

Sure, they say there’s nothing new under the sun, and that every story has already been told, but it hasn’t been told by YOU. You make your story unique because your perspective is unique. You are like no one else on the planet, and neither is your writing, or your book. Remember that, and exploit it. Weave your experiences and knowledge in with your stories. If you used to be a nurse then make one of your characters a nurse, or set your story in a hospital instead of an expected place. Use your unique perspective to make your story unique.

6. Keep Down the Clutter

This applies not only to your writing (do you really NEED the scene where your characters discuss minty toothpaste?) but also to your website or blog. Make it all easy to navigate, clean, sharp and tight, and you’ll get repeat visitors. Have a site that is clunky, confusing or too cluttered and you’ll lose visitors.

7. Concentrate on Change

Not changing you, but changing your reader’s lives. How does your book impact them? I don’t mean that it has to be a life changing, inspirational book, but it should leave an impact of some kind. It should give them an idea, or an escape – in essence it should provide a service of some kind. What that service is depends on the kind of book you write.

And so we see that a book and a social website aren’t so very different after all. Kinda scary, huh?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Book Sale

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:

(filched from )

(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.

November Newsletter

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Hope your Halloween season was a great one! Yeah, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I’m not quite ready to let it go, yet. But, alas, it is November already, so let’s get on with this newsletter!

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

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 holds 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. i will be posting on a week for six weeks on both my Myspace and Author blogs, so stop by and enjoy a snippet of pointless vampire fun!

Now, let’s get on to the

Random Fun

The Interesting link: How Much is Inside? An old favorite of mine; How much is Inside asks the tough questions, like, how many cups of beer are in a keg? Can you really cover a car with one roll of aluminum foil? How many feet of Ramen are in a cup of Ramen noodles? Are there really 360 threads per inch in 360 thread count cotton pillow cases? or How large a puddle of blood would be created if a person bled to death in a parking lot? Among others. so, if you want to know how much is inside, then give this site a visit.

The Lots-O-Fun link: I will draw You As A Stick Man Amazing site that draws you as a stick man! Upload the picture of your choice and then wait a few moments while the masterpiece is created. You can share the image with friends, and also view a celebrity stick man gallery. (If you feel unfulfilled by this, then check out where you can compose a song of whale noises using your keyboard. A fun time waster!)

The Read of the month: Songs of the Dead by Dawn Colclasure Songs of the Dead is a re-release of the chapbook originally published in 2003 and, with more than twenty-seven new poems, it has more than earned the title “expanded”. From poems of death and surrender, to fury and revenge, this is a poetry book to enjoy in the darkest of moods and one that anyone who’s ever “been there” will instantly empathize with.

The Music of the month: Noise A website devoted to connecting listeners to new talent, Noise Trade offers music for free with the option to “tip” the artists. You can also enter your email address to get a free 25 song sampler in a zip file. They’ll send you an email with a download code, but when I went back the code was automatically entered.

The Video of the month: The Ornithologist Song by Jonathan Harvey. This song gets stuck in my head every time I thin of it, so it’s time I shared. A cute song about… well, ornithologists and ducks with an intro that gives a miniature lesson on how to “speak southern”.

(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.

OF NOTE: We are working on a new website which will eventually be at We will keep you updated.

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!

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 Five. So, if MySpace won’t work for you, then check it out there!

Website Updates

I am happy to announce that the new version of the Ramblings from the Darkness website is up at Whoo-hoo! I think this one is easier to navigate, and I welcome all feedback! Besides just redoing the site, I have also added some new things this month.

The Legacy of ghosts section is teaming with character bios and free samples, as well as all the links and info. Why not stop by, or be the first to write a review?

I added a flash fiction story to the Flash fiction section called Blessed Silence. when a woman has enough of her husbands snoring, she takes matters into her own hands. I also updated the flash fiction story Secrets into it’s newest version and changed the title to Just Another Secret.

The saw the addition of seven new covers including some thrillers, a romance and a how to dieting book.

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

tell me you can't imagine a little gnome hiding under that

autumn daisies 2

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.

58 photos of old foundation slabs, abandoned tires, burned wood and more

Late Autumn
55 photos including pretty autumn leaves, grapes, the last daisies and more.

Autumn Toadstools
24 photos including toadstools and hay.

October Food
13 photos of apples, celery soup, squash rings, roast beef and more.

Random October
27 photos of chocolates, pumpkin carving and Target fun.

Peaches ‘n Cream, Barbie
10 photos of my new reproduction Barbie.

Blog Updates:


Release Delay
A week delay in the book release.

Forsaken on YouTube, Or Proof People Have Too Much Time
Some fun versions of the song “Forsaken” as performed by Disturbed.

Legacy of Ghosts: Chapter 3 Part 1
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts: Chapter 3 Part 2
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

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

Legacy of Ghosts: Chapter 3 Part 4
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts Available on Smashwords
Link to buy the eBook version of Legacy of Ghosts

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter 3: Part 5
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts:Amazon Kindle and Paper Back
The new book is available through Amazon Kindle and Paper Back

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter 3: Part 6
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter 3: Part 7
Sample of the new book – in bite sized pieces….

Winners of the Legacy of Ghosts Contest
Congrats to the winners of the contest! I promise, you will get your books…

October Newsletter
The October Ramblings from the Darkness Newsletter

Dark Shadows Remake
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp will tackle the classic vampire soap, Dark Shadows…

Vampire Parodies
Twilight vs Blade and Not and Emo Vampire; some great YouTube gems.

Jonathan and His Inner Zombie Converse
And inspire an internal dialog of my own.

The New Website is Up!
The official announcement – whoo-hoo!

Vampire Poetry
Two vampire poems to tickle your fancy…

Special Sale and Fun Videos
Just in time for the Holidays you can now get the first book, Shades of Gray, at a 32% savings! Also enjoy some funny youtube vampire videos.

Bite Me
An excellent online comic that I discovered during a Google search

The Lost Chapters
Why should DVD’s have all the fun? Enjoy the “deleted scenes” from Legacy of Ghosts!

The Lost Chapters 1: Sparkling Jorick
Jorick makes a random confession about his reading habits

You Asked For It
Well, one person did, so I delivered…

Songs of the Dead
Review of the new poetry book by Dawn Colclasure


Terrible Turtle Conspiracy: Chapter Five
The fifth chapter of the online comic by myself and Jonathan Harvey

Legacy of Ghosts on Smashwords
The new book is now available as an eBook.

Legacy of Ghosts on Amazon Kindle and Paper Back
The new book is available as paper back or on the Amazon Kindle

Legacy of Ghosts Contest Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the Legacy of Ghosts Contest!

October Newsletter
The October Newsletter

The Attic Treasure
Short story about a brother and sister who find a mysterious quill in the attic.

Jonathan and His INner Zombie Converse
And inspire some internal dialog, Jo style.

Explaining Google Caching
An explanation of the way Google Caching of web pages works.

Website is Up
The official announcement for the new website.

Randomness with Photos
Come shopping with me as I look at Halloween stuff.

Junior Warlord of Maple Drive
Peter tries to get even with his neighbor, Mr. Langstrom.

Midnight Proposal
A zombie poem


Writers Have Feelings Too
Though we hide them behind “professional”, writers are quite volatile

Legacy of Ghosts Available on SMashwords
The new book as an eBook

Legacy of Ghosts: Paper back and Amazon Kindle
The new book is here! Yay!

Winners in the Legacy of Ghosts Contest
Congrats to the winners!.

Attic Treasure
A brother and sister find a mysterious quill in the attic

Google Cache, A public Service Announcement
Explaining to the masses how Google Caching of web sites works.

The Day After MySpace
Why imitate when you can stand out?

Murder is Our Agenda
A Halloween Collab with Clarice

Vampire Poetry
It’s Zombie vs Vampires at the CPC and I have some cool vampire poems.

Randomness with Photos
Come halloween shopping with me and enjoy the best hotdog in Missouri!

The Junior Warlock of Maple Leaf Drive
Pete tries to get even with his neighbor, Mr. Langstrom.

Looking Back and Forward
Discussing what direction to take the blog in.

Songs of the Dead Review
Review of the poetry book by Dawn Colclasure.


Projects I hope to finish in November 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

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Have a great month and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Jo 😀

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!!


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:

The New Website is Up!

Officially announcing the new – it is finally finished and online!

So what’s new about the site that makes it so exciting?

The navigation has been cleaned up with the use of sub-menu,  so it’s easier to get where you’re going, and there are some new sections – including the Legacy of Ghosts section where you can get all the info, read chapter samples, see character bios and get html code to help spread the word about the book.

101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire also has it’s own section now, including a free sample and the bonus tips for Living with a Vampire; helpful ideas no matter your relationship with the undead is.

There is also a new Cover Art Gallery, and the short stories and flash fiction have been broken up into their own pages to better accommodate the growing archive of  free reads.

All together, the site took longer to program than we anticipated, but I think it was worth it. What I want to know is what YOU think! Go take a look and let me know your opinions.

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! 😉 )

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