Children’s Christmas Story

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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 Yate’s holiday story Gingerbread Castle. Perfect for bedtime, or anytime, and it’s only $.99!

Gingerbread Castle is a holiday rhyme book for children ages 7 to 9 years old and is available in ebook (for 99cents) or paperback. It can be purchased online where-ever ebooks and paperbacks are sold.

Gingerbread Castle is a place in Dreamland only where children can visit and enjoy lots of fun games and foods too. There’s a train to ride which even zooms along the roof and the only way to get there is on Jimmy the Elf’s sleigh pulled by reindeer.

 

Get it on: Amazon | Smashwords | B&N

DM yates also writes books for adults. If you’d like a free sample of her writing, grab yourself the Strange Portals Anthology, available at Smashwords.

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Smashwords Interviews

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Smashwords introduced author interviews several days ago, but being the pokey puppy I am (does anyone else remember that children’s book?) I’ve only just gotten mine done.  You can check out my Smashwords interview here.  And, for the sake of some meat in this potato-style blog, here’s one of my answers.

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in the south west corner of Iowa in a tiny pocket of unreality; a place that time literally had not caught up to (and still has not). Everything was a little slower, a little smaller, and a little quieter. Farmers with withered sun tanned skin woke up at five in the morning and had coffee in the small cafe at seven. Carhart and coveralls were the fashion, the county fair was one of the big events of summer and the volunteer fire department still had dances in the street. I dreamed of escaping to a metropolitan area that was “like TV”, but moving doesn’t matter. Those kind of places aren’t only around you, but in you, and you can’t run from what’s inside. It oozes out in my writing; in my settings and my descriptions. There is nothing creepier to me than a dark field of corn or an abandoned barn. The backdrops of my books are small towns, slowly dying, with grass choked parking lots and rain striped motels. My monsters lurk in the woods and live in the abandoned farm house. They drive down old highways and shop in the local chain stores. And why not? There’s a subtle beauty in the Midwest; in old gray barns and rusted windmills. I only hope I can capture it.

I promise the rest of the answers aren’t as long winded.

And while you’re there check out DM Yate’s interview. I loved her answer to “What do your fans mean to you?”

“Readers of my work are precious to me because they’ve taken the time to read what I’ve written. I enjoy introducing readers to my new world and waiting for their reactions.”

and Roger Lawrence’s interview. His answer to “What is your writing process?” is similar to what mine would be:

I just get it all down as it comes out and edit much later, since the majority of my books are written with no planning. I just begin with a sentence, or perhaps a line of dialogue and see how it goes. This often results in dead ends and frustration, but for me is the only way to write. That includes my newest book about the potentially eternal man. I knew how it would begin and even knew what would happen in the middle, but I let the end take care of itself. In fact I have two endings written and shall let my wonderful beta readers advise as to which they think is the better.
There are hundreds of other interviews, so take some time and browse around. You might find a new favorite author.
if you’re an author and you’ve done a Smashword’s interview, leave us the link below.
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Voting has Commenced

…at the You Gotta Read book trailer contest! There are a lot of good entries, including DM Yates’ trailer for Always (#2) and one which may be familiar to you called Shades of Gray (ironically #3). They could both use a vote if you have a chance (though I believe you can only vote once per ISP address, which screws over people who share internet like me and hubby) so choose wisely. Of course, there are also 18 other great trailers for you to choose from.

Voting ends the 27th, so if you get a chance stop in!

 

 

A Chance to Win a Copy of Vampire Morsels & Shades of Gray!

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Donna gave 101 Tips ten Rubber Ducks – check her post to see what I mean!

Fellow author DM Yates has been kind enough to post her reviews of Vampire Morsels Short Story Collection and 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire on her blog. On top of that, she is offering a prize pack of a copy of Vampire Morsels and Shades of Gray to two lucky commenters delivered straight to your Kindle – no download codes or fuss. To enter, check out her blog and leave a comment – it’s that simple!

While you’re there, be sure to check out her other posts and her debut novel Always which I would  list as one of my favorite reads in 2012!

 

Always – new release from DM Yates

Always is the first in a series of New Age Fantasy Spiritual Romance novels. Two eternal lovers, Einarr and Katura and their circle of friends have travelled to Earth to experience mortal life several times. Now, they return again as Simon and April. The novel is situated mainly in England and begins when Simon is 36-years-old and searches the world for saleable antiques. His best friend’s niece, 16-year-old April has come to England to spend the summer with relatives. She has a crush on Simon and Simon wants nothing to do with her. April believes she’s on a mission to lead Simon to love and she is aided by her friend, a Celtic Wiccan Telulla and April’s Great-Aunt Tillie. The book follows their lives through the years, ending when April is 80-years-old.

Get your copy on Smashwords!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/245302

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