Archive | February, 2016

Meet My Lucky M&M

25 Feb

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

Well, I guess you won’t actually *meet* my lucky M&M, but if you check out my interview at Pretty Hot Books, you can find out about him, including what makes him lucky. You can also find out some cool things, like what’s next, what I like to do on Facebook, and what Erma Bombeck has to do with my vampire stories. So stop in, check it out, and say hello! I promise no one will bite you (unless you ask!)

The Pretty Hot Interview

signature for whiteFRONT COVER smallAnd don’t forget that you can pre-order book 8, Masque of the Vampire, from all major ebook outlets:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks |Kobo

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Deadline Approaches…

23 Feb

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

The deadline for the new PorterGirl book is bum-burningly close and I have much work to do. Please excuse my patchy appearances for the next week whilst I tackle this beast. There will be posts on Tuesday and Thursday as usual.

You know where I am if you need me, in the meantime I shall keep up with things as best I can.

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Something In The Boat House

18 Feb

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

The Boat House is a quaint, if rather run-down, establishment situated away from Old College, along by the River. A whitewashed 1920s building with a peaked roof and decidedly unsafe-looking balcony overlooking the water, I have often thought it strange that the Boat House does not receive the same level of meticulous care as the rest of College. It might be something to do with the Boat Master, a somewhat terrifying chap with wild hair and eyes even wilder than that. Legend has it that he coxed* for The Other Place in his dim, distant youth but it is hard to imagine it now. He is like a fat little bear; a bear with a very sore head, at that.

The Boat Master is passionate about his boats and his rowers but inexplicably hostile about just about everything else. He doesn’t seem to be around when I enter the ramshackle…

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The Second Synopsis

17 Feb

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

FRONT COVER smallYou may look at the title and think “I missed the first synopsis”, which would be understandable because the only place I posted it was on my Facebook Author Page. (I also post daily bitstrip comics featuring Katelina, Jorick, and Verchiel, as well as other goodies, so if you haven’t “liked” it yet, you should!) 

Now on to the synopsis:

After three months away, Katelina and Jorick’s homecoming isn’t what they expected. Her best friend Sarah is back and hesitant to share how she survived being tortured – and killed – by vampires. Hounded by her mother and dragged to Easter dinner with her family, Katelina is almost relieved when she and Jorick are sent to guard an exclusive vampire party.

Her relief is short lived. Surrounded by ancients, Sarah claims she’s being stalked while they sleep. Katelina isn’t sure whether to believe her or chalk it up to whatever…

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Blog Promotion: Porter Girl

15 Feb

plotlessone.com

Personally I don’t go for a lot of verbose writing. I believe it comes across as over done or trying too hard. When I read such writing it comes across like Dubai—too much opulence. Or it comes across like a woman with excessive plastic surgery—too fake. Stephen King said, that if you have to search for a word in a thesaurus it is the wrong word. “There are no exceptions to this rule,” he continued.

I agree to a point. I believe that there are times when you are trying to set a tone, create a culture, that you must search or find the words that resonate the language of that culture. It is a difficult thing to do, even if you are a part of that culture.

I will like to introduce you to a blogger that does it very well. She conveys a culture of a world that…

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A tiny review of “Southbound” (2015)

14 Feb

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

I can’t quite muster the same enthusiasm as everyone else for “Southbound” (2015) — I’d give it a 7 out of 10.  Yes, it’s clever how the five interlocking tales of this horror anthology are finally shown to weave together at the end (and it nicely parallels the equally clever movie poster below).

But the tales themselves were sometimes a little difficult to follow, with too little exposition.  One seemed incoherent.  And … exactly what was the role of the woman we see using the pay telephone?

It does have a few things going for it.  The tone is right — it’s a definitely a serious horror anthology for adults, with no camp and no gratuitous gags.

This movie was largely saved for me by the flying baddies to which we are introduced in the first entry.  (I don’t think that’s much of a spoiler, since we see them assailing…

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#FirstLineFriday (Chapter Fourteen)

14 Feb

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

FLFHappy Valentine’s Day! What better way to celebrate the noxious pink holiday than with #FirstLineFriday! On Friday, authors post the first one or first two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a published work  on their blog, and title the post #FirstLineFriday (just like this). It’s  a lot of fun, so feel free to join in! You can share your link on my blog comments, or on Rami Ungar’s (the brains behind FLF).

Today’s first line comes from Chapter Fourteen of Masque of the Vampire (available for pre-order with an April 1st release date) :

Katelina woke suddenly. There was the memory of a voice, though she didn’t know what it had said, or who it belonged to.

All right, I cheated. The first line of the chapter is actually a HUGE spoiler, so I skipped to the next “scene” and took the first line from it. To be fair, I may rearrange where…

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