Lots-O-Links #31

This is the thirty-first edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that four (real, I presume) people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

Patricia McLaine is going back to blogtalk radio with her show Exploring the Paranormal with Pattie?

Ruth Ann Nordin’s new novel Her Counterfeit Husband is out. Check her blog for links and more info.

Paige Adams has been sharing her writing on her blog. You can read all ten chapters of Beyond the Gate, and her most recent post is chapter two of The Dreamer.

Bill Hallamandaris has a new site: Spiritual Common Sense. Bill is the  Co-founder and Chairman of The Heart of America Foundation and has published two books. Check them out and also stop by this uplifting new blog!

David Kubicek gives great advice on writing a dystopian novel, but much of it translates into any kind of speculative genre.

Rodney Johnson unveils a new cover for On the Forge of War featuring his original artwork. Check it out and see what you think of the strategically placed shell fragments.

I Smell Sheep was at Dragon Con last week and they’ve been posting a bunch of interviews and photos! Check out their very awesome posts and brilliant giveaways!

Speaking of conventions, Barbara Tarn was at Chicon last weekend – check out her blog about it!

for readers: Rebecca Lochlann has some great advice on how to choose your next favorite book. You might be surprised what it is.

The Kindle Book Review has moved! be sure to update your bookmarks and subscriptions so you don’t miss out!

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments! And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

Lots-O-Links #30

This is the thirtieth edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that four (real, I presume) people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

Because of Verchiel’s taking over my blog, this is a double post for the day (Bad Verchiel!)

New! The release of Sydney’s Song by author Ia Uaro (don’t you love her name?) Check out all the details in her release blog post!

New Blogger in town: Steve Evans has made the leap to wordpress. He already has some quality content, so go check it out!

Ron D. Voigts interviews author Amber Colleen on his blog. Check it out!

LC Cooper, who regularly follows indy author issues, has an interesting blog called Douglas County Libraries Refers Patrons to Bilbary. What About Smashwords? – the title speaks for itself. Go see what one of the library employees had to say in reply!

Ruth Ann Nordin has a new trailer out for her book Counterfeit Husband, among other updates on her blog.

Jason Mathews gets interviewed on his own show! It’s indie Authors episode 25 and worth a watch! There is also a very friendly author group headed by Jason – How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks for Free – that I am in. I joined several on FB recently and think this is the nicest most supportive one!

Kindle owners: Did you know you can get your ebooks autographed through a cool site called Kindlegraph? I have signed up as an “autograph available” author, as have lots and lots of others. check to see if your favorites are there and get an autograph. Sadly, B&N’s Nook does not have a similar program yet.

And for the self promotion – check out my author spotlight on Crimson Flower Reviews!

AND Shades of Gray got FIVE grim reapers! I know, I know, I was so delighted! Check out this great Shades of Gray review on A Thousand Lives (and check out their other reviews, too!)!

and speaking of reviews, I have been on kick lately:

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments! And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

Lots-O-Links #29

 

This is the twenty-ninth edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that four (real, I presume) people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

In view of all the contest posts I was going to skip it this week, but I just have too many links that can’t wait!

Ruth Ann Nordin and Janet Syas Nitsick are having a giveaway contest – check the post for details on how to win free books!

Planning to publish a paperback with Create Space? Need to make an account? Then go through selfpubbedinfo’s link. Why? because if you click though their site they get the credit for it. Full of helpful templates they give away free, this is a site worth supporting.

Emily Guido has been sharing excerpts from her novel Charmeine, the fist is the Light Bearer series. Go check them out!

Alannah has switched her blog to music (yes, this happened a bit back, I’m slow) but the posts are still great – check out her review of In Cold Blood, a biography of Johnny Thunders

Speaking of print, Cold Gather by Tom Buechler has made it into print! Pick up your copy today!

He’s not the only one! McCarty Griffin’s books Half Inch and Monster Story are also new in print, and look for The Tribe coming soon!

 

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments! And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

 

Lots-O-Links #27

This is the twenty-seventh edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that four (real, I presume) people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

In view of all the contest posts I was going to skip it this week, but I just have too many links that can’t wait!

Susan Koenig’s story Nineteen hundred is now available on Amazon and Smashwords. Though it is a sort of prequal to a longer story she is working on, it can stand on it’s own. Be sure to check it out!

Her Heart’s Desire by Ruth Anne Nordin is now available – check out her post for all the details.

Stephannie Beman also has a new release Þrùđr: Forever Loved Shorts #1 – it’s free on Smashwords an $.99 everywhere else.

Sam Havens has set up shop on etsy selling his artwork and even his book! Check out his store.

Roger Lawrence has posted the first chapter of his WIP – Three Hoodies 2! No, that’s not really what it’s called. It has a better name than that, but if you want to know what it is, go check his post 😉

Looking to buy a used car? Check our Brad Crouch’s book How to Buy and Maintain an Used Car for the non mechanical. yeah, non-mechanical describes me for sure!

Reena Jacobs’ birthday is coming up and to celebrate she is giving away prizes! To enter, leave a review of her book(s) on any of a variety of places – check out the blog for more details!

A huge congrats to James Brock, whose newest book, Tailor made is riding at #1 in the Gay & Lesbian Romance catagory on Amazon!

And if you’re feeling a bit down, be sure to check out the  fantastic post on Lariats and Lavender about positive thinking.

And in line with that is a post by M. Selene, who writes an opened letter to all the discouragers in the world, without whom we might never need to “prove oursleves”.

If you hurry, you can just catch the Geek Pride giveaway on I Smell Sheep, loaded with superhero swag! Go, enter – hury! It ends the 31st!

Looking for inspiration? I’ve found a new blog – the one minute writer. They post a daily prompt and you use it to write for – you guessed it – one minute. Sounds like fun to me!

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments! And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

Lots-O-Links #26

This is the twenty-sixth edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that four (real, I presume) people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

Roger Lawrence is looking for beta readers, so if you like to beta read and have some spare time, stop by his blog and check him out. If I had time right now I would as he’s very fun, so I am sure his books are, too!

Jonathan Harvey has graced us with a Vampire Willy story that was rejected by his Creative Writing Instructor (genre fiction? tsk tsk! we can’t have that!) however it is a fun read, especially if you;re a vampire Willy fan.

Juli has been cheating and not staying computer free while she heals – but I guess that’s okay because she DID have to post her sunshine award...

In random blogs, I am totally on board with Alannah Murphy’s post Lamment for a  Lost World.  But then it is summer time and I have seasonal summer depression, so I always get melancholy this time of year.

And speaking fo other people I agree with, Raptor’s Claw has an excellent blog entry about writing for entertainment. All I can say is YES! YES! YES! There’s nothing wrong with a book or movie that makes me think, but I want to do it because *I* want to, not because the author told me to! And I agree with him 100% – I can;t stand when an author turns preachy – unless they are preaching about something that pertains to their genre (like if they’re a Christian writer for instance, preaching Christian stuff makes perfect sense, or a political writer quipping about politics non stop. ) and in fact have unsubbed from Anne Rice because I was sick of her anti-religion posts. I don’t care what she does or does not believe. I liked her vampire books. She wants to post about her vampires, or her witches, or whatever, I’ll read it. She wants to post about the evils of religion? She lost me.

Have you ever heard of the classic story the Pineapple and the Hare? No, well worry no more! Here are two versions of the little tale, which is used on eighth grade standardized English tests. Though the company responsible for the tests claims that the second version is the real one – and it DOES make more sense – the first one is somehow more fun.

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments! And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

Lots-O-Links #23

This is the twenty-third edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that two people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

David Knight’s spiritual/inspirational book I AM I: The In-Dweller of your Heart has launched (I missed the official date – pooey). If you like spiritual books I highly recommend this one as it has many good passages and messages in it.

Stephannie Beman has a new short story available for $.99 called Love is blind. (from Smashwords) – Tarma is a sea-nymph who believes she’s in love with the daemon-god Hades. The only glitch is that he doesn’t seem to know she exists; and the harder she tries to catch his attention the further he runs. Tarma will soon learn how blind her love has been when she seeks the Goddess of Love for help.

Also in ebooks, Docile, the erotic short fiction by Darkmind, is now on available for free on Smashwords.

S.M. Muse’s new novel, Heir of Nostalgia, is available on Amazon (from Amazon)  At eleven years old Phillip had everything a boy could want. In less than a year all that changed when his father went missing. At 13, the privileged life Phillip once knew is gone. He is homeless, hungry, and heartbroken. He’s been living on the streets of New York ever since that fateful night, and the only thing that keeps him going is the thought of vengeance. He’s looking for the man he feels is responsible for his father’s disappearance, the man with the silver singing spurs. Will a Riot Grrl called Maggie, who claims she can talk to angels, be able to help Phillip? Will a murder of ravens masquerading as teenage thugs defeat them? Or are there stronger forces at work?

IN more writers worth reading, Rodney C. Johnson adds vampires to his repertoire Well, kind of. Go check it out and see what I mean.  On a side note he has fun illustrated covers.

In blogging news, Jonathan Harvey, author of Shades of Plaid and the writer of the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy webcomic is blogging again. Check out his introductory post on his Updates in Plaid blog.

Barbara G. Tarn won a kreative Award.

Angie has an excellent blog with tips on how to take self portraits.

And Stephannie and Ruth Nordin have been having too much fun.  Check out Ruth’s letter to Hades, and then read the rebuttal/tabloid article  “is Persephone Happy in the Underworld” on Stephannie’s blog. Of course, after reading Ruth’s letter, her own characters have gone on strike.  Then the mythological tabloid shed a little light on the situation.

In interestingness, did you know that Iran has a lot of ninjas? No, seriously. Even more interesting, they’re women! Check it out!

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments! And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

Lots-O-Links #22

This is the twenty-second edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that two people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

Writers – have a tough time with punctuating conversation? Donna has a great breakdown of the right way to use quotation marks on her blog Quoting your Characters.

For the manga fans out there, an article sent to me by Sharon S (of I Smell Sheep fame!) discusses why the manga industry is dying. Surprise, it’s the same reason all the print medias are in trouble including traditional book publishing, the music industry, etc. I really think the time of entertainment corporations controlling the media is on it’s way out – it’s just not economically feasible anymore with all the middle men the labels/publishers have to pay when an indy can do the same for peanuts. (end of mini rant)

and while discussing publishing, Stephannie Beman has an interesting post on self publishing: Writing Hobby or Career – Does it Really Matter? My opinion? nope. The story is what matters and it’s the same, no matter what “criteria” you’re meeting for being a “‘real author”.

And also in independent entertainment, The Art’s Web Show is back for season two. last month saw episode 1 and now we have episode 2. Go check it out!

Other things worth checking out: Photobotos.com promises one amazing photo posted a day, and form their archives they seem to be keeping that promise!

In vampires, Lariats and Lavender has an interesting article on real life vampirism; no, not the blood drinking, arrested for breaking into someone’s house kind, but Strigoi Vii. if you want to know more, go read her post!

And finally if you have two hours to kill, check out Star Wars Uncut, a fan made version of Star Wars. I haven’t made it through the whole thing yet (when do I have two hours to kill at a shot!?!) but I’m a third of the way through and it’s fun!!

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments! And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

Lots-O-Links #21

This is the twenty-first edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that two people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

Especially for Blogger.com bloggers – ever wish you could let people subscribe to your posts via email? Now you can! http://feedburner.google.com will give you code to plug into a text/html widget in your sidebar and will let people sign up for your posts via email. Very handy!

Ron Voigts tells writers how to write a press release. As someone who has found them intimidating, I especially appreciated this one!

Also for authors, I Smell Sheep now offers advertising. I’m planning to do one when I get some spare $$.

Speaking of the Sheep, January Swag Day is upon us (or will be when this posts!) so be sure to enter to win awesome swag AND Sharon is sharing links to  cheap Kindle reads in her Kindle Krack Attack blogs! (Use the older and newer buttons at the bottom of the posts to cycle through all of them)

And if you’re a Nook user instead, you can always check out the bargains on bargain Books for you Nook.com

And in a subject close to my own heart, Donna has a blog series I Twat I Taw a Vampire – check out parts I, II & III (The third one has an especially nice review in it 😉 Thanks so much!!)

In blogs, I have recently subbed to Soul Blind Ministry. While religion may not be your thing (not that he’s very traditional, mind you), he also has some very interesting dream interpretations going on. He’s a fellow vampire fan, which is how I found him 😉

David Knight is still embarking on his blog tour. Go check out his stops and be sure to like his FB page and enter to win a kindle!

If you missed it, I am running a poll about interviewing characters – check the giant red thing in the sidebar —> and do some voting 😉 I admit, the ones I put in the list were the ones I’ve drawn, there are waaaaay too many to just list them all!

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments! And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

Lots-O-Links #19

This is the nineteenth edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that two people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

Ever wondered where that movie location REALLY is? The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations may be able to tell you!

With the apocalypse just around the corner (dec 21, 2012), and Christmas coming, what better present to get your loved one than an Apocalypse calendar? Even better, why not an apocalypse survival kit. This site has ’em both! (I want the calendar!)

Speaking of Christmas, how many Christmas carols do you know – I mean REALLY know? Yeah, I don’t know the full versions to very many, either. Never fear. We can print our own miniature caroling book, courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens. I intend to carry it with me so I can replace the “something, something, something” in my songs with real words.

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments! And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

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