Welcome to the last day of the authors against piracy book tour. The point of this tour is to draw awareness to the problem of ebook piracy and to show would-be pirates that there are plenty of places to get free (or cheap), legitimate, legal books. Each day an author (or authors) will be giving away book(s) for free, so be sure to stop by every day this week for some great freebie reads! And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a 20$ Amazon gift card!
Today, rather than focusing just on the concrete facts of pirated books, I want to look at the more abstract effects. With low sales, comes low book ranking, and with low ranking often comes low self esteem of the authors that pirates often purport to love. Indie authors only write if they think people are buying/reading, and a pirated version of a book doesn’t get counted – just as a pirated episode of a TV show doesn’t count for the show’s Nielson ratings. In it’s hey day, it was estimated in some online communities that more people pirated the show Stargate Universe each week than watched it on television. The poor TV rating prompted Sci-Fi to cancel it, just as poor sales numbers prompt authors every day to stop writing. If you do pirate ebooks, stop in and at least buy a token copy of the author’s work. Who knows? Those handful of sales may make the difference between whether they write another book or give up.
FREE BOOKS OF THE DAY:
Stepping Stones to Love, Honor, and Respect by DM Yates
Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect is a book of poetry sure to warm the hearts and souls of the readers. The book is divided into categories: Love, Honor, Respect, New Age, Eclectic, Pain, Tales, Religious,Fun,Collections, and Earth. Each category is comprised of 5 different easy to read poems, most done in rhyme.
Always by DM Yates
Two eternal lovers, Einarr and Katura come to Earth again to experience mortality as Simon and April. Simon is 36 years old and travels the world in search of antiques. April is his best friend’s 16-yr old niece who believes Simon and she are meant to be together. Simon thinks she’s an immature teenager and does his best to avoid her. The story follows their lives and experiences, ending when April is 80 yrs old.
Lone Hero by DM Yates
Aberforth, home world to dragons and people is at war. Dragons are fighting each other and the human race is in danger of extinction. Einarr is born in a dragon’s companion line. Due to an ancient magical ritual performed by Zavat, a powerful dragon, Einarr is chosen to help bring about the end of the war and issue peace back to Aberforth. This will be no easy task for Einarr since the war will last throughout his lifetime.
As a child, Einarr develops a hatred for all dragons after witnessing their cruelty in battle, yet he accepts Zavat’s request to help find a solution to the dragons’ disagreements. Together, Einarr and Zavat make a formidable team who learn to work together and along the way Einarr realizes that there are good and evil dragons, just like there are good and evil people.
DM Yates grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio. She started writing stories and poetry as soon as she learned to read and write. She attended BYU Idaho, BYU Hawaii, and BYU in Provo, Utah.
Although writing and poetry are her passions, she didn’t take it seriously to publish until her later years.
She is the Author of the fantasy/new age/spiritual romance stories, starting with ‘Always.’ The second in the series, ‘The Lone Hero’ was published in Dec 2013 and continues the tale of Einarr.
Her poetry book, Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect is a collection of poems dealing with various topics, such as love, honor, respect, spirituality, new age, pain, and Earth.
Her first children’s book was also published in Dec 2013. ‘Gingerbread Castle’ is a children’s holiday illustrated rhyme book for children ages 6 – 8-yrs old.
DM Yates is an independent self-published author.
Spellbound, Spellbringers Book One by Tricia Drammeh
The Demon Re’Vel stalks his prey in the forest of dreams, slowly gaining control over the mind of his victim. Rachel doesn’t realize the Demon is real. In fact, she doesn’t believe in magic, Demons, Hunters, or any of the other things the Alexanders have warned her about. She resists their protection, but can’t resist her overwhelming feelings for Jace.
Alisa has been drawn to Jace since the day she saved him from a Hunter attack. A mere human in a world of Spellbringers, Alisa has been embraced by the Alexander family as a hero, but not everyone is willing to accept her. Jace’s intimidating older brother, Bryce, keeps his emotions and his secrets hidden. When Bryce confides in Alisa, it puts her relationship with Jace and the entire Alexander family at risk.
Danger, secrets, and betrayal collide, and when the Demon makes his claim, the small, southern town of Oaktree becomes a battleground for Rachel’s life.
Tricia Drammeh is a wife and mother of four children who lives in New Hampshire. Her published works include the Spellbringers series, Sweet Sorrow, Better than Perfect, The Seance, and The Fifth Circle. She is currently working on her eighth novel. When Tricia isn’t writing, she can be found devouring books, chasing cats, or consuming vast amounts of coffee.
Celine, The Night Touched Chronicles Book One by Maegan Provan
The Night Touched haven’t been around in centuries. Created by the original vampire, the “First Born,” the Night Touched were made to create the bloodlines which all modern day vampires come from. Their unique powers and colorful marks set them apart from other vampires.
Harper Kemp had long believed that she was the last Night Touched in existence. With her friends, Lily Buchannan and Jason Howard, she has learned to accept it. Until one night when everything changed.
A plea from her dreams and a forbidden romance, Harper sets out on a path of discovery; not only is she not alone, she’s about to face her worst nightmare- a devastatingly handsome slayer named Silas with a finger on her non existent pulse.
Maegan Provan is a New Adult Urban Fantasy author currently based in Texas with her husband and her dog. When not writing, she spends a lot of time watching old shows on Netflix, goofing off on Facebook and playing PC games, like Guild Wars 2. Maegan is a huge fan of the works of Joss Whedon, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Cassandra Clare, drawing a lot of the inspiration from their work.
You can find out more about her published works, upcoming projects, and the latest news by going to www.maeganprovan.com
Shades of Gray by Joleene Naylor
When Patrick is found dead in his apartment, Katelina is left in a vacuum of uncertainty with no leads. Then the enigmatic Jorick appears. In a single sweep he turns over the rocks of reality to reveal what hides underneath in the shadows; monsters that she thought only existed in horror movies.
Trapped in a nightmare, Katelina is forced to accept the truth of vampires; vampires who want her dead for her association with Patrick. Jorick saves the day, but what should she do when her hero turns out to be one of the monsters? Can she really trust – and even love – someone who isn’t human?
Caught between light and dark, Katelina and Jorick must travel down a path of mystery and terror as their pasts are slowly revealed and their passions ignite, in a world that smells like blood and tastes like fear.
Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia.
In what little time is left she watches anime and updates her blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.
visit her at http://JoleeneNaylor.com
Thanks for joining our tour!