Happy Friday with Miley Cyrus!

Happy Friday everyone! It’s Friday which means that I’m going to binge watch Harry Potter and lament over the Harry Potter letter that I never received.

Today were celebrating with a little cover that I love done by the rad and zaney Miley Cyrus. This is one of my favorite covers that she’s ever done. She actually has a fantastic voice, don’t you think?

My parents swear I wasn’t named Jolene because of this song but they’ve been unable to tell me where my name came from so I’ll let you decide.

 

 

Happy Friday you man-stealing people,

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BOOK NEWS: My book is coming out in SEPTEMBER!!!!

It’s an exciting day!!

Why? Because today is the day that Brian LeTendre and I get to spill our BIG NEWS.

Our super duper BIG BOOK NEWS.

OUR BOOKIEST NEWS YET.

Are you ready?

HERE IS MY NEWS:

Brian and I wrote a book.

 

It’s called HARROWED.

 

It’s coming out THIS SEPTEMBER.

 

 

Here are the details!

 

Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders #1)

 

It’s a YA Horror / Thriller novel ( which of course is my favorite kind of thing to read and write. It’s releasing 9/22/15 by Horror Twins Press. Brian and I poured ourselves into this book and we’re so excited to share it with you.

So here are a few fun facts about it!

  • We based our story off of our love of 80′s horror, 80′s rock, and everything in between.
  • This is only novel one in a series called The Woodsview Murders.
  • This is a YA novel.
  • It’s about a serial killer.
  • It takes place in the fall.
  • There is a high body count.
  • Writing with Brian was a dream! I call him my horror twin (and 1/2 of Team Brolene).

Keep reading for more details! Oh, and don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads below!

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Harrowed blurb:

Journalism Rule #1: Always report the story. Never become the story.

Avery Blair has accepted the fact that nothing exciting ever happens in her small town of Woodsview, Massachusetts. As the editor of the high school blog, she prays for something–anything–to come along that would make for a great headline.

When Beatrice Thompson’s body is found in the girls’ bathroom, Avery has her biggest story ever. The rumors circulating the school say that Beatrice took her own life, but Avery doesn’t believe it for a second. Her instincts prove true when the next day brings another body bag.

The tiny community of Woodsview has become the hunting ground for a killer known as The Harvester. The killer targets Avery and her classmates, stalking their every move and terrorizing them with morbid messages.

With the help of her boyfriend Jason, her best friend Quinn, and an aging detective who can’t keep her off the case, Avery dives head-first into her own investigation. She discovers that the secret of the Woodsview Harvester is buried in the town’s history and its annual Harvest Festival celebration. With every clue she uncovers, Avery grows closer to unmasking the killer–and becoming the next victim.

Avery Blair has finally found a story to die for…if she can stay alive long enough to write it.

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About Brian LeTendre

 

Brian LeTendreBrian LeTendre is the writer of the Parted Veil horror series, which includes Courting the King in Yellow, Lovecraft’s Curse and Lovecraft’s Pupil.

A gaming, comics and horror lover, Brian has co-hosted and produced a podcast about geek culture called Secret Identity since 2006, producing well over 1000 hours of programming. He also hosts and produces three other podcasts about writing (See Brian Write), design and small business (Kitbash Radio) and gaming (Co-Op Critics).

In addition to podcasting, Brian has worked as a freelance games journalist, and currently writes a webcomic called Mo Stache, which can be read for free online and will be collected in print in 2015.

Brian lives and works in Massachusetts.

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About Jolene Haley

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Jolene Haley is an author and the curator of the best-selling horror anthology The Dark Carnival through Pen & Muse Press. She also runs a YA horror blog The Midnight Society, the author resource site  Pen & Muse, and Hocus Pocus & Co., a small horror press.

She writes every genre under the sun, but prefers horror. When she’s not writing she can be found cuddling her two dogs and enjoying the beach, where she lives.

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Sign Up for the Cover Reveal!

Help us celebrate the cover of HARROWED by signing up to participate in the cover reveal!

I would love you to help us spread the word. Pretty please consider joining! If you can’t participate, I’ll gladly accept presents of pie

Join the book buzz using hashtag #WoodsviewMurders

 

 

Thank you SO much for stopping by. I am beyond excited!

 

Hugs and kisses and maybe a butt grab or two,

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Happy Friday with Lennon and Maisy!

It’s Friday which means that…I don’t have to wear pants this weekend if I don’t want to.

I heard this song a long time ago and I was in awe. These two girls are so insanely talented. I love how they were able to make a cover with just their voices and a cup. In my opinion, it’s even better than the original.

I’m sure you’ve heard of them. Right? Right? Right?

 

 

Happy Weekend you musical souls,

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Monday Gratitude: Things I Love

Today I am grateful…Here’s another installment of Monday Gratitude, including a list of things I am thankful for.

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What is Monday Gratitude?

Monday Gratitude is a new feature on my blog where I’ll be listing neat things that I find and the events, books, blogs, and people that I’m thankful for.

 

  I have this unhealthy obsession with agendas and recently one of my favorite stores began to carry the cutest agendas. I just ordered one today! Isn’t it super cute? You can check it out and get yourself one too.

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 One of my favorite bloggers recently wrote this: Don’t Let Mercury Retrograde Kick Your Ass. Read the article or watch the video.

 I happened upon the SHE IS WILD retreat and I desperately want to attend. Doesn’t it look amazing?

 Last weekend my best friend Johanna and I watched the movie WILD. Such a wonderful movie and I absolutely want to read the book now (and go hiking)!

 There are exciting things happening at Hocus Pocus & Co. (a small publishing house devoted to horror books). Details coming soon but last week I came up with the most incredible thing and I am bursting at the seams to share! Hint: It’s called Werewolf Hearts.

 I think Babes Ride Out (ladies only motorcycle campout) is just about the coolest thing ever. And now I want a motorcycle.

 I think I’m going to get a Fitbit. I want the orange Charge HR but it’s not out yet so I’ll probably get the black. Anyone else have one yet? How do you like it?

 I’m so grateful for my horror writing partner Brian LeTendre. I seem to have found my horror writing soul mate and we have such a fun horror project coming up that I love love love.

 

What are you thankful for today? Let me know in the comments below!

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Happy Friday Celebration with Lorde!

It’s Friday, which means one thing…it’s June already. What?! Where did May go? Seriously.

I’m celebrating today with Lorde. I love her. She is SO WEIRD. Which is why I love her because well, I’m a weirdo too and us weirdoes have to stick together. Also, while I am writing my YA lighthouse story, all I listen to is this album.

Her music is so freshing and I love how comfortable she seems in her own skin. Listen to her music. It’s great.

 

 

Happy Friday you weirdoes,

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Monday Gratitude: Things I Love

I started Monday Gratitude earlier this year and I’ve have so much fun with it. I figured I should keep it going. What do you say?

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What is Monday Gratitude?

Monday Gratitude is a new feature on my blog where I’ll be listing neat things that I find and the events, books, blogs, and people that I’m thankful for.

 

  I’ve been so obsessed with my backyard lately. I’ve never really enjoyed gardening but I’ve been wanting to fix it up. It doesn’t help that I have the smallest backyard ever. But I love it. And I’m loving it even more with every little improvement. I bought a bunch of plants last weekend and I plan on making it perfect by June. I even made a Pinterest board to inspire me!

 A good doctor is hard to find! That’s why I absolutely LOVE Dr. Sean Alley at  Beach Garfield Vet Hospital. I think I end up hugging him every time I see him. He takes such great care of my pets and he’s so caring and kind and SO knowledgeable. Recently, my newest pup Nova was spayed and I was so nervous. But, of course, there was nothing to fear because Dr. Alley’s steady hands were in control. She’s already feeling so much better and her incision was so small I was amazed. Earlier this year, Raynor was sick with pancreatits. We brought him in and it was Dr. Alley’s day off. Even though it was his day off AND he was sick, HE CAME IN TO THE OFFICE to take care of Raynor. This man is amazing. I never want to take my pets to anyone else.

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 Lost & Taken recently posted free watercolor textures on their blog for use. Check them out and snag ‘em for free!

 I’m in love with this free font called Eight Fifteen. Yep. Free.

 My friend Amy just released her debut novel THE BLEEDING HEART. You can buy a copy now. I’ve bought a copy but I almost want to buy five more to just stare at the pretty. See what I mean?

 There’s speculation that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will open up around March 21, 2016 and I couldn’t be happier! You can read the article here that’s gotten my hopes up.

 I say this all the time to them BUT I am SO utterly grateful for my Midnight Society team. It consists of  Amy Giuffrida, Faith McKay, Timon Skees, Kathy Palm, Suzy G., Kira Butler, Jennifer Brinkmeyer, and Kim Graff. They really are so incredible, talented, and the future of horror. And for their friendship, knowledge, and enthusiasm, I’m grateful.

 So I follow this Everything Summer Pinterest Board and it suggested freezing blueberries. So I did. And OH MY GOD. Best summer hack I’ve never thought of. It’s like eating candy. Try it. And thank me later.

 KISSING KISSING KISSING! If you want to hear a fun song or watch a super sexy music video that goes along with it, check out Lips by Human Human.

 

What are you thankful for today? Let me know in the comments below!

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Happy Friday Celebration with Paramore!

It’s Friday. Which means one thing…I have to work tomorrow. Ugh.

My company asked for volunteers this weekend and when enough people didn’t volunteer, they made us. Haha. So I’ll be working. But I’ll just be over here pretending that I can relax tomorrow and sip margaritas.

I love the lyrics to this song so I wanted to share it.

“Ain’t it fun? Living in the real world?”

“Don’t go crying to your mama. Cause you’re on your own in the real world.”

 

 

Here’s to the weekend,

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Happy Book Birthday to The Bleeding Heart by Amy Giuffrida

A woman who I greatly admire recently put out her debut novel. It’s called The Bleeding Heart.

Not only is the cover gorgeous but I’m madly in love with this book’s concept. Check it out!

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Brooklyn is a talented artist with an obsession for blood; one that she satiates at her uncle’s tattoo shop. It’s here at The Bleeding Heart that Brooklyn practices the art of dispensing pain onto others. Yet, nothing can dull the desire running through her veins, especially since the man she really wants to torture rots in jail for murder.

When Daniel comes into her life, Brooklyn’s obsession with tattoos and blood quickly turns into desire for him. She dreams about getting him on her tattoo table as her first official customer, marking him as her own. But Daniel has a different idea as to what they should be doing with their bodies.

As Brooklyn spirals out of control, her sanity begins to slip right along with whatever is left of her humanity. Daniel may be the only one left to save her, if she lets him in. In the end she will have to choose between exacting vengeance, staying alive, or loving Daniel.

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I was lucky enough to read this book in it’s earlier stages and I have to say that I was impressed. It was awesome. And weird. And wonderful. And unlike anything I’d ever read in that genre. And for that. I fell absolutely in love with it. I have a review to come but I enthusiastically recommend it.

What do you guys think? Have you read it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Identity Theft by Laura Lee and GIVEAWAY!

I’d heard of author Laura Lee before because she’s very accomplished and well-versed in publishing. She’s published a plethora of books with publishers like Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Lyons Press, Running Press, etc. I knew her name from her non-fiction work. But what I didn’t know what that she had branched out. She’s been writing a ton of different things, which now include fiction novels.

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There’s the book, “Angel“, in which a minister sees an angel in his church and thus sets off a series of events and causes him to examine his beliefs. Love the concept! For you audiobook fans, the audiobook is available here. In addition to the interesting concept, it was pretty cool for me to read what other people were saying about this book. That it was thought provoking. That it was unexpected. That it causes you to step back and examine your life and yourself. Naturally, I immediately added this one to my TBR list on Goodreads.

And then of course there’s “Identity Theft.” Now, “Identity Theft” is another interesting read, as made obvious from reviews. Readers are calling it “genre-defying” because it’s hard to narrow it down to just one category.  Readers love its twists and turns. Readers are finding it funny, sexy, smart. So naturally, when I talked to Laura about her book, I was excited to read it myself.

When drew me to “Identity Theft” was the concept. There are a zillion television shows out there about it, but really, there aren’t that many books out there that I know of, that are able to masterfully weave a catfishing tale together so seamlessly. For those of you who aren’t familiar with catfishing, the dictionary defines it as to “lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.”

Let me introduce you. World, meet Identity Theft. Identity Theft, meet world.

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Identity Theft

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Laura Lee

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Identity Theft (short blurb):

When the rock star she idolized responded to her e-mail, Candi was thrilled. When he started to flirt with her, she thought all her dreams could come true. The fantasy takes over her entire life, but none of it is true. The man of her dreams is not a rock star at all, but a bored office worker whose internet game quickly spins out of control.

Identity Theft (long blurb):

Candi Tavris is on the verge of turning 30, she works in the packaging department of a company that is downsizing and she is hounded by calls from creditors who mispronounce her name. She wakes up every morning praying that the folks at Life Lock will perform their work in reverse
and give her “identity” to someone else. Her younger sister, never a serious student, married a rich executive and lives in a mansion. Candi’s only solace is escaping into the music and image of the 80’s pop star Blast.

Ethan  Penn, a  22 year-old college dropout who smokes pot and lives in his mother’s  basement, works in the rock star’s office. (His desk sits under a framed gold record with a dead spider caught in the glass.)

His boss, whose real name is Ollie Thomas, is as socially awkward off stage as he is charismatic on stage. He is depressed about his pending divorce. His greatest fame is behind him, his biggest hit “Partly Cloudy Thursday (Blast With Me)” was a clichéd monstrosity written to
please record executives. His rock n’ roll lifestyle mostly consists of finding ways to keep his laundry from stinking while on the road and trying to remain anonymous while buying Preparation-H.

Blast assigns the task of keeping up with his social networking to Ethan. Ethan starts to correspond with Candi through e-mail and chats in the guise of the rock star. The conversation soon becomes steamy. The game spirals out of control when Blast performs a concert in Candi’s hometown and Candi is mistaken first for a groupie and then for a delusional stalker.

Candi must try to prove (and retain) her sanity. Ethan must decide whether to risk jail by telling the truth. A terrified Ollie has to come to terms with his relationship with his Blast character and the consequences of his fame.

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Identity Theft Excerpt

You can read more of the excerpts here but here’s one of the excerpts I really like where we meet Ethan (the one catfishing in the novel) and he is explaining what he does for a living and how he got the job. I love Laura’s dry and humorous tone here.

“How did you get this job? You are so lucky.”

He’d gotten the job through a friend, which was the way Blast filled most of his office positions– personal recommendation. Ethan spent a lot of time hanging out in bars with live music. He’d gotten friendly with a bass player whose best friend was the sound guy on Blast’s current tour.

“So drop out of college and spend your time in bars, that’s my career advice,” he said. It always got a laugh.

The female fans sometimes flirted with him. He knew they were hoping to get in with him to meet Blast. He wasn’t the type of guy that got swooned over. He was 22 years old, 6’2” and skinny, all arms and legs and knees and elbows. “Lanky” his mother called him. “Gawky” is what it meant. His nose was too big for his face and he had a mop of curly brown hair.

A lot of the visitors would follow up by asking how they could get a job. There was one guy who came in carrying a skateboard. When Ethan said they were all set for employees, he said “Can’t you fire someone or something?”

The most common fan question was “Does Blast ever come in here?” and its variants “Is Blast here now?” “Do you know him?” “What is he like?” “What is it like working for him?” “Do you get weird fans in here?”

“What,” he always wanted to say, “You mean besides you?”

There was one middle-aged woman who wanted to buy a Blast T-shirt. Ethan went into the back and got it for her. Then she wanted to know if Blast had worn the shirt. When he said he was pretty sure he hadn’t, she suggested that they could make more money if they had Blast put on all the shirts before they sold them. She also thought they could make a ton of money by selling locks of rock star hair on Ebay. This freaked Ethan out a little bit.

 

About Laura Lee

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Laura is the author of 16 books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Lyons Press and Running Press. She is best known for humorous reference such as The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation, which sold 85,000 copies for Black Dog and Leventhal. Her first novel was Angel published by Itineris Press and will soon be released in a second edition by DPS. The San Francisco Chronicle has said of her work: “Lee’s dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.” 

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GIVEAWAY

Laura Lee is fantastic and is giving away THREE copies of her book! You can enter to win below. It’s an easy entry which means you don’t have to do anything at all to enter, besides click the enter button. Woohoo for her making it simple!!

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You, Yes YOU, Are Successful

I’ve thought a lot about success lately. How it affects us as writers and how it affects us on our writing journey.

First, let’s start with the definition of success. According to the dictionary, success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

 

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What I love most about this definition its simplicity. It’s so mindnumbingly simple.

You set a goal. You accomplish it. Boom, you’re successful.

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But I’ve noticed as writers, it’s not always that easy, is it?

We compare ourselves to others. We base our success on other people’s success.

And when someone achieves success, especially success we think we’re due, it’s easy to feel lousy about yourself and be like:

What’s my point?

My point is that YOU control your success. YOU control your feelings of achievement. You control your destiny to greatness. Because there is no universal definition of success except for the ideals that you place on to yourself.

Be Happy For Others

Someone else succeeding is not going to keep you from being successful. Another writer getting that offer of representation or signing that contract is not keeping you from getting your offer or your contract.

Define Your Success

Success is not one size fits all. Set goals for yourself that are based on your dreams, your wants, and your desires. And start taking the steps to fulfill them. It could be something as easy as, “I want to write 2,000 every day, all month long.” And if you drive yourself to meet that goal, guess what? You’re successful. You’ve succeeded. You can keep going, achieve more goals! Nothing is too small or too large to be a considered a goal.

Do Not Compare Yourself to Others

It’s easier to say than to do. Trust me, I know. In the publishing world (and the real world) it’s easy to find a ton of people to compare yourself to. But the fact of the matter is, you will never be happy with yourself if you’re constantly comparing yourself to others, noticing what they have that you don’t or what they’ve accomplished that you haven’t. You don’t know the details of their journey and you can’t always control the factors around your own journey. But there are a few things you can control.

Work hard. Dedicate Yourself. Make It Happen.

You can make magic happen. All you need to do is set goals, work hard, dedicate yourself, and it will happen. I’m not saying it will happen overnight. I’m not saying in two days. But it will happen. You can do this.

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So tell me. What goals are you setting for yourself? What things are you going to let go, because someone else’s success isn’t the same path as yours? What is your definition of success?

 

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