Kindle Lending

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We’ve all done it a million times. We finish a great book and loan it to someone else. Maybe it’s a friend, a coworker, or even a spouse. Regardless how close they are to us, there’s a pretty good chance that while we’ll let that paper back out the door, we’re not really interested in loaning them our entire Kindle device.

Amazon has remedied that.

The new Kindle book lending feature allows users to lend out digital copies of books they’ve purchased. But, there’s a limit to this; each digital book may only be lent out once, for no more than 14 days, and while it’s on loan the original purchaser can not access it.

By default, all DTP titles are available for lending, but if you’re signed up for the 35% royalty option you can choose to opt your titles out by deselecting the checkbox under “Kindle Book Lending” in the “Rights and Pricing” section of your title. Anyone who purchased your book before you unticked that checkbox can still lend it, however, but new purchasers can’t. Of note, if your book is enrolled in the 70% royalty option then there’s no way to opt out.

Authors won’t receive notifications (right now, anyway) that their books have been loaned, nor will they receive a royalty payment because no book was purchased. But, before you get angry about that, consider this. when you loaned that paper back to your friend/coworker/spouse, did the author know? Did they receive a royalty payment for it? The only difference I see is that Amazon has capped the number and duration of loans.

For more information, visit the Amazon.com Kindle Book Lending FAQ.

Google eBooks

(this is a cross post from Self Published Authors’ Lounge)

In an effort to rival Amazon, Google has started their own ebook store. What does this mean for you? read on!

READERS:

The new endeavor launched December 6th with more than three million titles available, though many of those are public domain books. Not that that’s a bad thing. I’m all for the classics moving into the digital age. eBook formats include Android, Sony, Nook, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and web viewing, and they have a selection of free reads, as well. Of note, they are not compatible with the Kindle.

AUTHORS:

The question that’s floated around is whether or not this new site is indy author friendly, and the answer is yes, yes they are. In fact, here is the direct quote (which can be found here)

“If you’re self-published, or the rights to your book have reverted back to you, you can join the program yourself by sending us your books or uploading them in PDF format. Check out our Author Resources page to learn more.”

This is where things might get confusing.

To join you can create an account with an existing google account, or create a new one. But, first have to sign up with Google books. Google books is an oft debated search-able database of books that google has scanned into their system. (more on that later). Once you’ve joined and agreed to allow your books to be listed, that’s when you get the option to join the ebook store. In fact there are separate ToS for each. This one is for the Google Books program, while this is the addendum for the eBook store.

As I mentioned about the Google Books project, there were a lot of authors who felt that their copyrights were violated when Google started archiving portions of their books in the original Google Books program. To remedy this, Google is paying out to authors who had books in print prior to January 5, 2009 that they archived without permission, and they now offer the option for you to claim your book (do so here) and add a “Buy here” link to their directory listings. (I assume you can also have the book removed, but I haven’t looked into that) However, right now those links can only go to your website (if you’re selling books on it)not to Amazon, Smashwords, or any other third-party site.

This is where the eBook store comes in. When you submit your books to Google’s ebook store, they will then link the “buy book here” button on your google book to your Google eBook listing.

But before you worry about how much of your book is being shared, know that you can change the amount. Default is 20%, but you can choose to share more or less.

One down side to their process, in my opinion, is that to submit, books must be in a PDF format, and must be named very specifically by their ISBN numbers. Here are the details on how to do that. Of course, you can also send them a print version and they will manually enter it for you, but by the time you buy your print version and mail it, you’ve spent more than the time it would have taken to PDF is worth.

So, should you bother? If you have a book published before January 5th, I’d at least go check to see if they have it listed because they may owe you money from advertisement clicks. To sign up for the one is not to sign up for the other, so don;t have to commit to the eStore if you don’t want to. Personally, I’ve signed up for the Google Books program, and will also agree to the eStore, though I haven’t uploaded anything because I’ve been busy. As an android phone owner, I may also look into purchasing from them in the future. I’ve tried the Kindle for android and didn’t like it very much, but this may be better – or it may not. as with any new endeavor, it’s a gamble. but, the way I look at it is since you’re not signing any book rights away, what do you have to lose?

For more information, here is a link to the help section, which s actually pretty useful for a change.

The New Hickie

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A week or two ago, Ruth Ann Nordin mentioned in the comments that teens were now biting one another as a “mark” of affection, ala hickies. so, I went digging and found an article about it

Apparently some of them are going past just leaving teeth marks, and actually drawing blood

ABC News ran a piece on the phenomenon recently, talking with Sexologist Logan Levkoff about what it means. She surmises, “Biting is sort of an extension of the hickey. It’s that same thing about marking someone else and showing passion.” And while it doesn’t seem a whole lot different than the “blood brother/sister” ritual kids have been partaking in for ages, there are some risks involved.

About 10 – 15% of human bites become infected, and biting can spread diseases like Hepatitis and HIV. While this may be the “new hickey”, it’s one that comes with many more potential dangers.

There’s a video of the ABC newscast as well, where they talk to some teenagers about their participation, as well as discuss the whole phenomenon, but I can’t embed it. So, you’ll need to go to the site to see it.

And since it won’t embed, here is a pointless bonus a video that will! The animation is so bizarre, and the song so catchy that I had to share it!

So, have you ever been bitten? Ever bitten someone else? Did they draw blood? Would you let them?

September Newsletter

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

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

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

Legacy of Ghosts cover 6 x 9 rough

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

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

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

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

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

Coming in October 2010, Legacy of Ghosts, the second installment of the Amaranthine series, plunges back into a world of blood and cruelty where the darkness hold dominion and vampires don’t sparkle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

last of the ninth Gioco a somma zero

Legacy Of A Stone Heart Janus' Limbo

diana mosley dud cheque

creation cover tips to help you build your business

injury prevention full cover

full cover proof

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

Now, let’s get on to the

Random Fun

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

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

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

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

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

(if you have suggestions for the links of the month please email them to me at joleene@joleenenaylor.com – you will be credited by whatever name you choose.)

My Updates

WANTED

I am currently looking for some Affiliates to trade links with. If you have a website and would be interested please let me know!

Looking for Reader Reviews! Have you read the book? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Well write a blurb and let the world know what you think! Please send all reviews to joleene@joleenenaylor.com and I’ll post them on the site!

The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy:

The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy is a weekly manga/comic written by Jonathan Harvey and illustrated by Joleene Naylor that tells the story of the giant turtle attack in Tuttlesville and the interconnected aftermath.

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

Check out the Table of Contents for past chapters

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

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

Website Updates

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

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

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

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

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

leaf bug

petals are gone

Flickr Updates

In the last month I added the following albums to my Flickr account. All of my photography is licensed under Creative Commons license unless otherwise noted. You do not need a Flickr account to view these. Clicking on the links will take you to a photo album with thumbnails.

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

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

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

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

Blog Updates:

AMARANTHINE NIGHT (AUTHOR BLOG)

August Newsletter
Experimenting with posting the newsletters.

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

A Cool Video
Vampire Video – The Favour of Love.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BLOGSPOT (WRITING, ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Silly Poem
A silly poem about time traveling romance

Summer’s Gone
Photos of the end of summer

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

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

MYSPACE (PERSONAL BLOG)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING NEXT MONTH:

Projects I hope to finish in August are

Legacy of Ghosts Trailer
Two book covers for someone else
The special Bonus comic for the super secret TTTC Publishing Project
I wouldn’t mind finishing up some other misc artwork, but we’ll see about that

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

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Have a great month!

Jo 😀

A Paranormal Convention

Banner by Mike Robichaud

Yes, yes, that’s exactly what A Day of Mystical Blood Lust is! If you’re near Lexington, Kentucky, or will be October 23, 2010, then this looks like a great way to spend the day! And tickets are only $15 a person in advance, or $20 at the door, so it’s reasonably priced, too.

I could go into details and regurgitate all the information on the website, but I think it’s better to send you there and let you see for yourself, as it is well organized and easily navigable.

http://adayofmysticalbloodlust.webs.com/

I’m not going to lie when i say I’d like to go.  I think it would be about a ten hour trip or so, so it’s realistic.  It just depends on what’s going on, and what the finances look like. But it sure sounds like a lot of fun!

So go. Click the above link. Check it out. Shoo. Off you go now.


Do Chupacabras Glitter?

So what is a chupacabra? The chupacabra is a legendary creature, most notably in Mexico, Texas, and other southern regions, that is said to suck the blood from goats. In fact the name chupacabra means “goat sucker”. Pretty fun, huh?

Because this legendary animal is said to suck blood, it is often thrown in with vampires. In fact, one article from yahoo states that a person should “Think of them as a less sexy version of “Twilight”‘s infamous vampire Edward Cullen.” (I’m not going to comment on the fact that “vampire” is synonymous with “Edward Cullen”.)

Recently, there’s been yet another reported sighting of the animal in Hood county Texas. In fact, animal control shot what looks like a very ugly hairless dog. I have a video of it from NBC:

Of course, it should be easy for authorities to tell if it’s a vampire or not.  Does it glitter in the sunlight?

(hee-hee, you knew it was coming!)

On second thought, if it doesn’t glitter, maybe it is a real vampire after all.

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