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Night at the Demontorium – Book Review

DTCAcoverCalling it “a psychological ride of amazing proportions”, Project iRadio gave Night at the Demontorium: The Complete Anthology a great review. Here’s an excerpt:

Pulling in the reader with a cyclical journey of amazing precision, Naima Haviland’s Night At The Demontorium: The Complete Anthology weaves together eight very distinct, yet very connected tales of incredible depth and beauty.

Wow, thanks! That is not a bad send up for my short-story demons, all of ’em working their evil little tricks on the imaginations of readers. You can buy the book at Amazon, Smashwords, and other online vendors. As Project iRadio said,

For those who are fans of Rod Serling, EC and Creepshow Comics, this anthology is one you will love.

 


NIGHT at the DEMONTORIUM: Complete Anthology

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 Read a sample at Amazon. 

Psychological meets supernatural in a room without dimensions known as the Demontorium. This hardcore horror bundle includes Aunt Téa’s Addiction, The Entrepreneur, and other Kindle bestselling singles from the Demontorium Series. Nine cautionary tales meant to tighten your grip on the thin layer that separates you from inhabitants of the Demontorium.

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I’m pleased and proud, but don’t take my word that it’s awesome …

“In her latest book, Naima Haviland takes the reader on a wild, psychotic ride to where the dead and the living are interchangeable and sometimes hard to distinguish. Haviland pulls no punches as her collection of short stories steamroll you from start to finish. So be sure to buckle up—it’s going to be a bone-shaking ride.”

~Chuck Walsh, author of A Month of Tomorrows and Shadows on Iron Mountain

Available in print and e-book.


Bloodroom is now an Audiobook!

 

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Who could resists those eyes! Wait’ll you hear him speak! Yes, Julian Mouret now has a voice, courtesy of award-winning narrator, Paul Heitsch. Bloodroom is now a downloadable audiobook. You can listen to a sample at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

Neither Julian’s power as a ruling vampire or his place in Charleston society could prevent the savage incident that put Natalie’s life in his hands. Unable to resist the lush curve of her lips and the sensual promise in her brilliant eyes, Julian’s playing for time in the riskiest game of his life.

Book bloggers, contact me if you’re interested in a review copy of this audiobook.


FREE Bloodroom Download

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Bloodroom will be a FREE download from Amazon.com Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28. So, for those of you with a Kindle or the Amazon Kindle app, have a great weekend and happy reading!


Goodreads Giveaway: Update

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Congratulations, Xia Cha of Sacramento, CA; the winner of an autographed copy of Bloodroom in trade paperback. Xia was one of 671 people who entered the Goodreads Giveaway. Thanks, everyone!


Win an Autographed Copy of Bloodroom

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Goodreads is hosting a giveaway for readers from the U.S., England, Australia, and Germany. Win an autographed copy of Bloodroom in trade paperback, perfect to read at the beach or inside on a rainy day. But hurry – the contest ends Thursday, April 26. Good luck!


bloodroomthenovel.com

Bloodroom, my vampire novel of romantic suspense, has its own website: bloodroomthenovel.com. You can also access it on my website, naimahaviland.com. Learn more about Bloodroom’s characters (the good, the bad, and the hot). Download the first four chapters, free. Naturally, you can buy the Kindle-exclusive e-book there, but come back soon for a chance to win an autographed copy of Bloodroom in paperback!

Bloodroomthenovel.com was designed by Clever Ogre, a Pensacola-based creativity shop with talent and style.


Getting a Professional Book Cover Design

In his book How Come That Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not?, Robert Shemin emphasizes the importance of a Dream Team to help you achieve your business goals. I enlisted professional cover designers into my Dream Team when I first made the decision to self publish my Dark Fantasy anthologies and vampire novels. I hired Derek Murphy of Creativeindie Covers to design the cover for Bloodroom. I learned about Derek when Joanna Penn interviewed him in her blog, The Creative Penn. He designed the cover for her thriller, Prophecy. I saw from his online gallery that he was capable of creating for a diverse range of genres, and I liked his designs for paranormal novels.

We began with my sending Derek images of book covers on the market in my genre. I told him why I liked these covers and I gave him a thorough description of my book. I also selected composite photos from 123rf and iStockphoto. Derek created about 8 rough, preliminary designs within 2 weeks. For “rough”, they looked pretty polished to me. Here you see two of my favorites. However, the third shown here was my ultimate favorite.

I liked the strong image of the book’s central character, Julian (the story is told from his point of view). But I asked Derek to tone down the shine on his face; he looked too scary for the leading man in a vampire romance. I wanted him to look like a bad boy who might ravish you, but not rape you. The blood-drippy title was my idea, but it was unreadable at thumbnail size. Derek produced several different text treatments and ornamental flourishes. He was very patient with me. I think I had a crush on this cover. I wanted to marry it. It had to look just right. And so it does! Here’s the finished cover for Bloodroom.

I have found most book cover designs run from about $400 to $800. For those of you writing and self-publishing, consider Shelley Hitz, the self-publishing coach, whose blog, newsletter, and Facebook page offer great tips for free or inexpensive resources — including book cover design! She has been tremendously helpful to me. Also, use OPM (Other People’s Money, to borrow Robert Shemin’s phrase) and try Kickstarter, a crowdfunding source that focuses on creative projects. In his blog, David Gaughan described his successful experience using Kickstarter to fund production of his novel A Storm Hits Valparaiso. I intend to try it myself next time.


Bloodroom, an Amazon Kindle Exclusive

Bloodroom, a vampire novel of romantic suspense, quietly debuted this week as an Amazon Kindle exclusive and has since broken the Top 100 Bestsellers list in the category of Horror/Dark Fantasy. I am thrilled! I could write reams about my experience writing, working with a professional editor and book cover designer, or the influences that affected character development and setting for the novel. But for now, I’ll let Bloodroom speak for itself, with its “back jacket blurb”:

Turn to me, Natalie.

His mental call to her was dangerous, of course. Dangerous for him. Dangerous for her too, but she was in danger, anyway.

Look at me now.

Her gaze traveled slowly upward. With every moment, physical awareness stretched tauter between them. Her eyes wandered over Julian’s face, over his slashing dark brows, down the ridge of his aquiline nose to his chiseled mouth.

“You’re our angel!” The ballerina smiled.

The vampire smiled back.

She explained, “An angel is someone who makes an extremely generous donation to demonstrate his or her love for the ballet.”

“I do love the ballet,” Julian told Natalie fervently, his shadowed eyes fixed on her breasts. Their firm swells strained against the sweat-soaked fabric; buttons were undone to the moist hollow between them. God.

He didn’t have to kill her right away, did he?


I’m Passionate About …

In Juicy Writing, we considered why we write. Why are we motivated; what drives us toward that accomplishment. That way, if we’re tired of writing, we can look at our list and remember why we cared enough to go the distance. So here’s what I’m passionate about:

I’m passionate about making something that wasn’t there before.

I’m passionate about giving people something to think about.

I’m passionate about giving people an escape from anything that worries them.

I’m passionate about the people in my books. They’re real to me, and I want to give them expression.

I’m passionate about having something to do.

I’m passionate about doing something no one else has done before. Like snowflakes or fingerprints, no one else is going to write my stories, even if they were given the plot points and character profiles and assigned to do it.

I’m passionate about leaving something behind when I’m gone.

I’m passionate about taking chances.

I’m passionate about disappearing into a fantasy.

I’m passionate about finding out what happens next.

I’m passionate about the human race, and the fragility, beauty, nobility, and triumph of their existence.