Hi guys! It’s been a while.
2017 was a year of creative garbage. I didn’t reach any of the goals I set out for myself. I didn’t finish any book that I actually wanted. I feel like a failure as an author. I feel like I’ve failed my series, my characters, and above all else, I feel like I’ve failed you, my readers.
All in all I had a fantastic 2017, but my creativity and motivation were non-existent. Because of that, I intend on making 2018 a better year. I don’t have any resolutions this year. I’m not planning on posting any goals or anything like that. I just intend on working.
I’ll be getting back to filming for Youtube, working on this blog, and writing. Change is going to be slow, and I might not get everything done that I was hoping for, but I’m going to try.
I hope that you have an amazing year! If you have anything you’d like to see from me, or this blog, please let me know.
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!
So much has happened recently, in my small part of the world and in the greater world we all share. Regardless of which corner of the world you inhabit, or what political views you may hold, there is one thing all human beings cling to – hope. There is always hope, even when we can’t see it. There have been many times that I’ve felt hopeless. Today I wrote a short, simple poem to remind myself that even during the longest night, there is always the promise of a brand new day.
Day surrenders to the night
Sun succumbs to dim moonlight
Color fades to shady gray
It seems all hope has flown away
When evil pushes good aside
Fearful souls will run and hide
Very few will stand their ground
When only shadows can be found
But some find comfort in the dark
Where faith emits the…
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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.
Kind words from the amazing Joleene Naylor! ❤
When Maegan Provan first published her vampire novel Celine, I gave it five stars. Now that she’s released a reworked second edition, I wish I could give it ten!
The basics are still the same, the title character is a girl who has been transformed into a “Night Touched”, a vampire created by the original vampire and then abandoned. With no one to guide her, she’s is quickly captured by Slayers, a group of humans who, in a world rife with paranormal creatures of all kinds, have dedicated themselves to protecting humanity – and that means killing vampires.
But instead of killing Celine, they see this as the perfect opportunity to study a Night Touched. Trapped, Celine reaches out in the only way she can – but psychically connecting with Harper.
When Harper was turned into a Night Touched, years ago, also abandoned. Since then, she has come to rely…
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I wanted to remind everyone that this is a real situation that really happened. Be the bigger person.
I work from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Wednesday. I get up in the morning, lightly browse Facebook, get ready, and I’m out the door. Typically when I come home from work, there isn’t a lot going on. I mostly talk to Tricia, attempt to write and inevitably get distracted by shiny things on the internet. The reason I wanted to give a break down of my day is because it’s boring. I look at reviews, I check in with my other author friends, and that’s about it. The real life of most self-published, or small named authors is pretty boring. Or, at least I thought it was.
Today, I logged on Facebook and I saw one of my friends had shared an article from Buzz Feed entitled “This is What Happens When an Author Tracks Down a Critic in Real Life.” I was completely shocked. I mean…
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