Editpalooza + a HUGE GIVEAWAY

As most of you know, Brian LeTendre and I have been writing our butts off working on our novel Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders, #1), which comes out in September.

Working with Brian has been wonderful. He’s so dedicated to writing and creating that he’s driven me to step up my writing game and my author game. I’ve written more in the last few months than I have ever in my life. And damn it feels good!

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Now, Brian and I are embarking on a month long Editpalooza extravaganza, editing our novel and getting it polished and perfect.  We’ll be talking editing all month and have some fun things planned for you including tips, tricks, podcasts, and even playlists! Whether you’re just coming off of Camp NaNoWriMo or you’re editing a novel that you wrote five years ago, we invite you to come along on our journey! Let’s root for each other, wipe each other’s tears, and feed each other chocolate until we throw up. Because editing is more fun when you have other people to wallow in your misery with, am I right?

 

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Join us on Twitter using #Editpalooza or stop by Brian’s blog or my blog (hint: you’re already here). We’re always around like omni-present creepers.

 

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Oh! And if you want to keep up with our Woodsview series project, follow on Twitter at @WoodsviewFiles or just check out hashtags #WoodsviewMurders or #TeamBrolene. More on that coming soon.

 

P.S. There’s still time to Name my Street team! Give me your suggestions and I’ll pick my favorite. Winners gets $15!!!

 

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CRAZY AWESOME GIVEAWAY!

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And if you haven’t noticed WE ARE RUNNING A CRAZY GIVEAWAY! You can win a Halloween treat basket curated my yours truly, a mystery box of ARCs from ALAs of the past (some may be brand new, some may be signed, and some may be slightly read), and copies of our YA horror novel HARROWED!!!! DUDE! If you don’t enter this giveaway then I can’t offer you my protection from Chuck Norris. Just sayin’. Details below.

Enter to win here and feel free to spread the word!

 

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Name My Street Team and Win $15!

Recently I wrote a post on The Midnight Society about street teams.

Why? Because I’m starting my own street team!

I’ve asked the spirits and they have advised me to put the future of my street team name in the internet’s hands.

What is a street team?

If you’re not  aware what a street team is, it’s a group of people who “hit the streets” to promote an author or a book.

Since my new book Harrowed is coming out soon and because it’s the first in a four part Woodsview Murders series, I am putting together my own street team! That’s where YOU come in!

Contest Alert!

Name my street team!

If I choose your suggestion, you will win a $15 e-gift card to either Starbucks or Amazon. Whatever your poison is.

Name My Street Team!

I have a few tips, tricks, and details.

  • The street team name should be able to fit all of my writing in the future, not just this specific book. So something relating to just my book one, I probably would NOT be selected as the winner (example: Harrowed Club).

 

  • I like writing dark and creepy so extra points if it relates to the macabre or anything horror in any way. But this is NOT a requirement. I could end up choosing Jolene’s Sunflowers. Haha. Probably not that.

 

  • Googling “collective nouns” is fun, interesting, and might be helpful in coming up with a name. Maybe not.

 

 

How to Enter & Win

  • Come up with a name for my street team.
  • Leave your street team name suggestions in the comments below. If your name isn’t in the comments thread (i.e. you don’t sign in to post your suggestion), please leave your Twitter handle or someway that I can identify who submitted the name in case you are the winner!
  • I will choose a winner. If it’s you, you win a $15 gift card!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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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.

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 Raynor is starting to feel better. For those of you who don’t know, my sweet four year old rescue dog suffers from a disease called Intervertebral Disc Disease. It’s a horrible disease and this time around, when it flared up again the poor pup had a bout of Pancreatitis at the same time. My dog is my child so I’ve been heartbroken. But I’m SO beyond thankful for all of the positive thoughts, prayers, well-wishes, etc. that have helped him heal. He was even visited today by two dogs in the neighborhood to check up on him!

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 My book Harrowed is BECOMING A THING! It’s up on Goodreads AND YOU CAN HELP ME REVEAL THE COVER. In August. Because YAY.

  I went to Michael’s craft store and they had HALLOWEEN stuff out already. Most excellent.

  Loving the Spotify Workday Pop playlist. It’s so good!

  Summer Weather – I know a year in California is like a constant summer but lately it’s really felt like summer. Our neighborhood had a 4th of July block party, we’ve had a wonderful breeze for the past two weeks, and we’ve been barbecuing non-stop when we’re not pampering our healing pooch.

 I planted a garden. It’s not dead yet! Yay.

  I was trying to figure out how on earth to start a Podcast…until I came across Brian LeTendre’s Making Ear Candy: The Audio Confectioner’s Guide to Podcasting. I’m madly in love with this book and I think it’s really helped me in understanding how to put something like this together. You can pick up a copy here.

  My amazing friend Julie Hutchings finished revising THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD, SERIOUSLY IT’S MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER. She’s querying it and I am so excited for her. Please, let someone snatch it up and love it like it should be loved. She also did a Monday gratitude recently. Loved that post.

  Back to school shopping supplies are out. Lord help my bank account.

 

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

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

 

I love the 4th. I look forward to it every year. This year it was supposed to be spent in the mountains with my family, but my poor pup Raynor had a flare-up of his back disease (Intervertebral Disc Disease).

With that said, he isn’t walking very well and over the weekend he didn’t want to eat, drink, or go to the bathroom. I could share all the horrid details but I’d rather focus on the good things happening. He wagged his tail this morning. Twice.

And for that, I’m grateful.

So we’ll be spending the 4th quietly and at home.

What are you doing for the 4th of July? I hope you have a wonderful, safe, amazing day.

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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!

 

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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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