Happy Holidays with Stepping Stones by DM Yates

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Yes, it’s time to start finding gifts for friends and families. Why not make it easy this year? Like myself, DM Yates will be posting great bargains, and in the spirit of the holidays I thought I’d share!

From DM Yate’s blog:

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 HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Poetry can warm your heart and soul this winter

As I mentioned in my last post, I feel that my heart belongs to writing but my soul belongs to poetry. I have written poetry since I was young. I wish I would have kept what I wrote but I didn’t.

I have put all my books on sale as a gift to you for all your support including my treasured book of poetry. All my works are available for just 99 cents from Nov 2014 through Jan 2015. Later, I’ll list where you can find my books.

Thanksgiving Stay at Home and Shop Sale

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Why should retail workers have to give up their holiday when we can shop from home? Thanksgiving is a time or family, but modern merchandisers have turned it into a bargain shopping experience. You can have both. Stay home and shop from the comfort of your computer, smart phone or tablet. Grab ebooks for $.99 each and save big, without having to go get crushed in the Thanksgiving madness. eBooks make great gifts, too! Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble allow you to send them to anyone with an email address.

AUTHORS: We are looking for authors to join in our Thanksgiving sale. To participate in the sale please join visit the Face Book event to leave your book details - https://www.facebook.com/events/769040009834935/769040013168268/ – or if you’re anti-facebook leave them in a comment below. I need the link to your book, a one or two sentence blurb, and the genre. Authors may share up to five books. What’s the catch? Your book needs to be priced no higher than $.99 between November 27 and 30 (this can be on Amazon, B&N, or Smashwords). We ask that during the sale period you tweet, share, and/or blog about the sale including a link to the catalog of participating books.  And that’s it.

READERS: Be sure to check the sale catalog for a list of great savings exclusively for the holidays!

Look forward to seeing you all!

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Anthology Update

We’re more than halfway through November, and the deadline for submissions to the Ink Slinger’s anthology  is drawing near. If you missed all the details, you can read them here. If you’d like to submit something it’s not too late, you have until November 29th to send your stories that are between 1,000 – 10,000 words to Joleene@JoleeneNaylor.com.

The anthology will be a free download and though we don’t have an official title yet, I’ve been thinking from the current submissions that maybe “Blood and ____” <–the blank to be filled in later, depending on what other stories we get. (like if we get some high fantasy then “Blood and Sorcery”, or some sci-fi “Blood and Robots” etc. etc.)

And speaking of current submissions here’s what we have so far:

  • A Bloody Story of Vampires by Barbara G. Tarn
  • Samantha’s Day by B.G. Hope
  • Tales of the Executioners: Verchiel by Joleene Naylor
  • Henry by CG Copolla

Would you like to see your story added to this list? Check out the submission details here!

 

A Paranormal Rant

It was recently brought to my attention (thanks to the Sensational Christmas Sale Event) that Amazon has classified Shades of Gray as a Young Adult/Teen novel.

Say What??

When an author/publisher uploads a book to Amazon they are allowed to choose a category to place their book in from a rather small list. Amazon then – apparently randomly – sticks the book in several other categories – like sci-fi shorts that you can read in two hours (This is a real category). And, as I said, they put Shades of Gray in the YA category. But why? How do they choose these seemingly odd extra categories for our books?

The question has been answered by Amazon help:

Hello Joleene,

Thank you for contacting Kindle Direct Publishing.

I understand you’re concerned about the category of your book, “Shades of Gray.”

Looking at your account, I see that based on your keywords selection, the category was automatically assigned to your book.

For your convenience, I’ve removed the following category:

Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult

It should no longer be visible on the website within 24 hours.

I hope this helps.

Thanks for using Amazon KDP. Have a nice day!

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First, I do want to give them kudos for removing it quickly, but past that I want to say again, “what?!?!” because these are my chosen keywords:

  • violence – doesn’t say YA to me
  • dark – eh, still not really
  • thriller – there are YA thrillers, but it’s not exclusive to the genre
  • Amarathine – just a series name
  • romance – doesn’t scream YA
  • vampire & paranormal – aha.

And so we get to the crux of the matter. As an author I dared to use the keywords vampire, paranormal, and romance together, which must automatically mean the book is intended for teenage audience.

Can I scream now?

I don’t have anything against teenagers. I even LIKE many YA books, but why in the name of all that sucks blood does the word “vampire” automatically conjure the word “teenager”? No, don’t answer that. I know why. Because people have forgotten Carmella, and Dracula, and Louie, and Armand, and all the other ADULT vampires that came first, and all they can remember is the sparkling, high-school-attending Edward and his Twilight gang. And if that series was for teens, then that must mean that EVERY vampire series is for teens. Just as every animated show is for children (another tired stereotype that the anime Now and Then, Here and There, among others, has proven wrong), etc. etc.

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Maybe it’s time to remind the world of that? Or at the very least, Amazon.

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Happy Holidays with Poetry by Kay Kauffman

holiday sales

Yes, it’s time to start finding gifts for friends and families. Why not make it easy this year? Like myself, DM Yates will be posting great bargains, and in the spirit of the holidays I thought I’d share!

From DM Yate’s blog:

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

We finish this week of poetry e-books by introducing Kay Kauffman and her book Tuesday Daydreams A Journal in Verse sold on Amazon or Smashwords for only $2.99. Ms. Kauffman’s poetry is gentle and profound. Capturing the life and imagination of the author in vivid detail, these poems touch on joy and loss, life’s everyday hassles, and the many faces of Mother Nature.

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Heart Warming Holiday Story

holiday sales

Yes, it’s time to start finding gifts for friends and families. Why not make it easy this year?

Stop shopping until you drop. This year, support Indie Authors. Through November and December several of us will be promoting Indie Authors’ books along with our own. It’s so simple to purchase an e-book these days. You just need the recipient’s email address to buy a gift from either Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes and Noble. As our gift to you, some of us will be selling at just 99cents, so take advantage of the holiday prices to load up your friends’ and families’ libraries. And while you’re at it, why not grab yourself a copy?

Today I am featuring Lowell Forte’s holiday story The Mystery of Santa’s Watch. This isn’t a sale alert, but a new story alert.

A Thanksgiving night crash on the icy and infamous Dead Man’s Curve leaves Erik Holden an orphan and hospitalized, mute with the guilt that he caused the crash. Police Sgt. Frank Donovan investigates his suspicions that a hit-and-run driver was responsible. Mr. Nicholas, the hospital’s roving Santa, lends Erik a beautifully ornate pocket watch and Erik soon realizes that the family depicted on the watch case is his own. Almost by accident he discovers that the watch has special powers, but are they powerful enough to help him get his family back? Can they undo such a horrific loss? Before he can find out, the watch is stolen and in a race against time, Mr. Nicholas convinces a very skeptical Sgt. Donovan to help locate and recover the watch and get it to Erik before its powers terminate and Erik loses his family forever.

BUY LINKS:

smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/491733

 

Happy Holidays! And if you know of a great holiday ebook deal and would like to get into the holiday spirit please leave a comment and let us know!

Interview with Katelina AND Malick

Barb was kind enough to interview BOTH Katelina and Malick. Luckily they didn’t cause too much trouble. Check it out for a peek inside their tiny, terrifying brains!

My name is Brenda de Zorig and I’m a journalist for the Konigtown Gazette. I’ve been on the road for years as an actress in an itinerant company, but eventually decided to go back to my hometown to start living of the thing I like the most – writing. So while I write my Masterpiece, I took this job at the Gazette and they send me on various assignments… I thought I might as well starting interviewing random people. Since I intend to write fiction, but truth is always stranger than fiction, I’m eager to hear about people out there – on my world or beyond.

So, here we are again with women in breeches! Hello there. Tell me a little about yourself.

1-katelinaMy name is Katelina Mauldin and I’m almost twenty-six. I guess the most interesting thing about me isn’t really me, but the company I keep. I’m dating a vampire. There. I said it. Jorick is a vampire, but he’s not a run of the mill, sparkles in the sunlight, only eats animals and cries to himself kind of vampire. I’m pretty sure he feeds on people when I’m not looking, and he’d much rather crush an enemy’s skull than cry about anything.

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Sensational Christmas Sale!

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‘Tis the season for Holiday Sales, fa la la la la, la la la la….

And it’s also the time for holiday commercials. So, in my best TV announcer voice:

Through November and December you can get the first book in the Amaranthine series – Shades of Gray - for FREE! yes, you read that right, FREE! And you have your choice of retailers: Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon UK, Apple iBooks, and Kobo among others.

But that’s not all. Act now and you can also pick up the rest of the series at a discounted price. Normally it would cost $16.95 for the entire series, but during the holidays all six books can be yours for only $6.95! That’s a $10 savings! And just like Shades of Gray you can grab them up at all major retailers including Barnes and NobleSmashwords, AmazonAmazon UK, Kobo and Apple.

Do you already own the series? Then why not take the opportunity to buy it for a friend or loved one. Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble all offer the ability to “gift” books to others. It’s as easy as clicking the Give as Gift button. The recipient will receive an email with instructions on claiming their gift. If you;ve never tried it, then now seems like a great time to give it a go. Make your holiday shopping fast, simple, and satisfying by giving the gift of books this season. After all, what goes better with Christmas than vampires?

Ok, besides eggnog, yule logs, evergreens, twinkle lights… On second thought, don’t answer that question, just take advantage of the great prices! and be sure to check out other Holiday Gift Ideas right here on my blog throughout the holiday season!

Happy Holidays with Poetry by Bonnie Mutchler

holiday sales

Yes, it’s time to start finding gifts for friends and families. Why not make it easy this year? Like myself, DM Yates will be posting great bargains, and in the spirit of the holidays I thought I’d share!

From DM Yate’s blog:

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Happy Holidays Week Two

Keeping up with my list of books for holiday gifts, this week I showcase poetry books. Last week, I pointed out two individuals for book covers and suggested how unique this gift would be for that special author or small business owner. You can click on my older posts to read those.

All this week I will be promoting poetry by Indie Authors. I have often said that my heart belongs to writing but my soul belongs to poetry.

Poetry is not as popular as in past times but there are still plenty of modern-day skilled poets, and there are many who enjoy a good poetry book.

Bonnie Mutchler is a poet but not a good one. No. She is beyond excellent and pure genius. Her works are hauntingly bewitching. And here’s the best part – her books are FREE!

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Happy Holidays with the Lone Hero

holiday sales

Yes, it’s time to start finding gifts for friends and families. Why not make it easy this year?

Stop shopping until you drop. This year, support Indie Authors. Through November and December several of us will be promoting Indie Authors’ books along with our own. It’s so simple to purchase an e-book these days. You just need the recipient’s email address to buy a gift from either Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes and Noble. As our gift to you, some of us will be selling at just 99cents, so take advantage of the holiday prices to load up your friends’ and families’ libraries. And while you’re at it, why not grab yourself a copy?

Today I am featuring DM Yates fantasy novel Lone Hero:

LONE HERO - thumbWar has begun on Aberforth, the home-world of the dragons. The eternal being Einarr accepts his first mortal mission – to put an end to the warring but it will take most of his lifetime to try. In order for Einarr to have more strength than any other human, the dragon leader Zavat infuses him with some of his own strength and qualities.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/yateslonehero
paperback: http://tinyurl.com/paperbacklonehero
smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/387491
apple:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-lone-hero/id781887531?mt=11
kobo: http://tinyurl.com/kobolonehero
selz.com: https://dmyates.selz.com/ or The Weaver’s Store
google play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/DM_Yates_The_Lone_Hero?id=ygtWAgAAQBAJ

EXCERPT:

A black dragon of enormous size came into view. Einarr strode into a clearing and prepared to defend himself. Once it landed, without a moment’s hesitation, he attacked and the dragon calmly flicked him aside. Einarr got up and hurtled towards it. It seized his sword and crumpled it in its clawed paw but didn’t retaliate.

Einarr drew his knife. “I don’t ever surrender. I’ve finished off many of your kind with just this weapon.”

“With that piddly rock? Try if you must.” The dragon acted disinterested and stretched out a forepaw comfortably along the ground. It watched his every step and Einarr noticed its slanted citrine eyes.

“You!” he whispered. He scowled at his father’s master. “I’ve wanted to find you.” He half-circled his prey back and forth, tossing the knife from hand to hand, studying his enemy. He’d waited a long time for his revenge and he planned on savoring it.

“How much longer?” It yawned and nestled in the dirt.

“Arrrggghhhh,” yelled Einarr. He faked for its left eye then stabbed at the right. The dragon swatted him as though he were nothing more than a pesky insect. Einarr skidded and landed on his back. His head smacked the earth hard.

“I’ve noticed that you use that technique too many times. Perhaps I should inform you that I teach combat tactics and that I’m older than most with a wealth of experience in war. We could play this game all day but we haven’t much time and frankly, you’re boring me.”

“I will avenge my family and Harulis,” yelled Einarr, frustrated that the dragon refused to fight.

“Not with that toy and we’ll have no more deaths today.”

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Check out more of DM Yate’s work at:

her website: http://dmyates.weebly.com
twitter: @merridm
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DMYatesAuthor

Happy Holidays! And if you know of a great holiday ebook deal and would like to get into the holiday spirit please leave a comment and let us know!

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