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So, I know I have let my blog, and my author Facebook page fall to the wayside as I have tried to figure out what exactly it is that I want from my series. It’s been hard, and I’ve continued to feel like a failure. I’ve talked about that before, so I won’t get into the major details. Needless to say, I’m making a lot of changes to the story. I know, I know, I’ve said that before, too. I recognize that. And I don’t want to say too much because I don’t know how long it will take, but let’s just say things will not be the same in the little universe I’ve created.
I started publishing because I’ve always been a writer. I’ve always wanted to tell stories, plain and simple. I’m thankful to have reached that point, but I’ve allowed myself to get in such a funk, that I don’t see anyway out of it without tearing everything down and starting over. I want to do what’s best for myself, my characters, my world, and most importantly, you guys. And that means a lot of things that I can’t talk about right now without inevitably making promises I don’t know that I can keep.
This blog, and Facebook page are going back dormant. My Youtube channel hasn’t gone anywhere in the last year, and that’s another thing that will continue to be dormant for a long while.
I encourage everyone attending the Indie Author Book Expo this year to pick up the copies of Celine that will be for sale there, because as of August 1st, I am pulling sales for the books for the time being. I can’t say exactly when anything will go back up, or what will happen, but for my own sake, I need to pull the book down. Thank you all for your continued support, and I can promise that I am doing what I can to make you all proud of these characters. We are all eternally grateful.
Confused about #cockygate? Tricia Drammeh has created a timeline of events. Thanks Tricia!!
I really hate to have to blog about #cockygate again. I really do. (You can read my previous post here.) Some of you might wonder why I’m continuing to harp on this topic. Others might think I’m giving Faleena Hopkins exactly what she wants – more publicity. The reason why I’ve decided to blog about this (again!) is because #cockygate is far from over. While Hopkins’ trademark of the single word “cocky” affects just a small group of romance authors, this has set a dangerous precedent. Over the past several days, numerous attempts have been made by other authors to trademark other commonly-used words.
There has been a lot going on, so I’m going to give you a general run down, rather than drone on and on in a long-winded, emotional post.
- On September 12, 2017 Faleena Hopkins (under her company Hop Hop Productions) applies for three trademarks. The…
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Check out the latest interview with one of my favorite authors. I am so beyond honored to call this woman ‘friend’ and even more so ‘mentor.’ I will forever fan girl over Tricia, and you should, too!
Tricia Drammeh is an author who writes in many genres: YA, fantasy, paranormal, romance, and women’s fiction. I asked her to share her thoughts on craft and publishing.
Do you decide on genre before you start writing? Does your audience shift or is there crossover?
I usually have some idea of genre, though there have been times I’ve been surprised by the outcome. For example, with Better than Perfect, I had originally intended to write a romance. It turned out to be Women’s Fiction, as the story focused more on the main character’s non-romantic relationships and her evolution as a person.
I would say my audience is broken down into two types of readers, though there is some crossover. There are the readers who fell in love with Better than Perfect and who wish I’d write more Women’s Fiction. Then there are my readers who love young adult fiction with…
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Welcome to Book Reviews By Heather! Normally if I am reading, have read, a series of novels/short stories I would give each an individual review. Considering I read this series like I had just ran a marathon and needed hydration, I will be writing this first review on the entire series and short stories! Yes, it is that good!
I found the series by complete accident while browsing the “Free Nook Books” section of barnesandnoble.com (I’m a thrifty shopper don’t judge). What initially grabbed me was the cover art, seeing as how I discovered the “Vampire Morsels” short stories first, I found it interesting that she used colorful cartoon looking illustrations for each characters backstory cover. Do not be fooled by the character illustrations, these ARE NOT children’s books!
I know exactly what you’re thinking, “Oh hell, not ANOTHER sparkly ooey-gooey vampire series,” as you slam your head into a…
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There may or may not be a crossover with a Night Touched character or two. If you’re a fan of the Amaranthine series, you definitely need to check this out.
Did you want Verchiel to turn Katelina? Did you want to see Sorino and Kai in a romantic short? Or maybe you thought Micah should hook up with someone, or that Katelina should have said yes to Samael. Now’s your chance to address those things, and right the wrongs. That’s right. It’s time for fan fiction!
What is fan fiction? A story written by a fan about characters from a fandom. Fan fiction can stay in the canon universe (in other words it could fit in with everything that happened in the series) or it can be alternate universe (meaning that crazy things can happen, like maybe Patrick didn’t get killed, or maybe Katelina joined Malick and had a showdown with Jorick – the possibilities are endless!)
Between May 16 – July 16, 2017 submit as many Amaranthine fan fiction stories as you’d like by sending them to Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor.com…
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So, I’ve decided in the past few days that I need to actually do more to advertise. I’m an author, I have books and works that are available for people to read, why do I not tell more people about them. With help from my dear friend, Edith, I am feeling much more motivated to tell people about it. I have a couple of teasers for you that you are welcome to share, or do whatever you’d like with. If you haven’t read Celine or any of my other work yet, please know that it is all available on Amazon and part of the Kindle Unlimited program!!
Come join us!!
Banner by Maegan Provan
Join myself and Maegan Provan on February 11th for a Valentine’s Facebook party complete with games, prizes, and all your favorite characters from both the Amaranthine series and Night Touched Chronicles. Verchiel is already getting in the spirit, but I refuse to post his picture here – if you want to see it, check out the event page.
This week has been incredibly difficult for me. I never expected to be as sad as I was, or get over it as quickly as I did. I am feeling much much better, and honestly, I am ready to move forward.
I am doing a beta read/edit for a dear friend and I’m enjoying it already. I wish I could tell you guys more about it, but I can’t :P.
I started doing the 365 Days of Gratitude challenge, after some encouragement from my friend, Jonathan Harvey. I’m on day 3, and I think that it is really helping me find things to be grateful for. It’s like a social contract with my Facebook friends, which is really cool.
Spiritually, last Sunday was a big moment for me, and I am beginning a new step on my path. I am so so happy with everything right now.
I’m still working on Jeremy, even though it is NOT a rewrite. I’m just struggling with focus. I don’t write on here often enough, and I hope to change that soon. Even if I just post little life updates like this.
Thank you to those that still read my blog. I’m sorry I’m not better at it.
I’ll be off to bed soon, but I just felt like making a post. Having a wonderful evening/ day!
Today, I have chosen, for better or worse, to walk away from the Facebook group, Book Born. I had a lot of great times in that group, and met a lot of wonderful people. Unfortunately, there were a few things that happened behind the scenes that required me to leave. I hope that those of you that found Book Born through me, or found me through Book Born, continue to support the group in all of its endeavors.
I am choosing not to speak ill of anyone, and I ask that if you have questions, you keep them respectful. I will not try to discredit anyone or humiliate anyone for the sake of drama. I also want it noted that I am not asking anyone to leave with me. If you choose to leave, then please do it of your own accord. I am not starting another group. I am going to be working on my books and continuing to do what I love.
I want to thank everyone that is a member of Book Born for providing me with so much love and support. Your friendship has meant, and continues to mean so much.
I hope that you are all well, and continue on your journey in peace, light, and love.