Thursday, June 11, 2015

Love/Hate Challenge

Hello everyone.
I've been away again. This time a family member was ill and had a stay in the hospital. We're recovering by resting a lot.

Family comes first to me, as I'm sure it does for you.

I've been challenged by Joleene Naylor ramblings from the darkness to list 10 things I love and 10 things I hate. I'm sorry to say that this post is rather late for the above reason, but I'm finally getting it done.

I've also listed 10 things I love and hate about writers and stories on my weebly blog dmyates

10 Things I love:

1. I love supportive friends. They sail me into clear waters towards my goal.
2. I love comfort foods. My favs are mashed potatoes with gravy and ramen noodles with gravy.
3. I love books in most subjects.
4. I love friendship.
5. I love Disney parks.
6. I love my family.
7. I love when a story takes me over and writes itself. How fun is that?
8. I love when I can lose myself in crafting.
9. I love fantasy/sci fi books, movies, tv shows.
10.I love learning languages.

Things I hate:

1. I hate back stabbers, and I've had my share of run-ins with them.
2. I hate when companies are dishonest about what they're putting in processed foods.
3. I hate when companies have no qualms about destroying our Earth.
4. I hate racist comments of any kind.
5. I hate anyone that can harm another living soul without blinking an eye.
6. I hate cruelty to animals.
7. I hate selfishness.
8. I really hate when someone butts in line because they're more important than everyone else.
9. I hate telemarketers and scammers who try to steal people's money and take up our time with their recorded phone calls.
10. I hate cold weather. That's when I'm most sick and I hide in my shell.

There are mine. I'm supposed to pick 10 bloggers, but I stopped doing that a long time ago. So, when you leave a comment, please just list your loves and hates if you want to.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Blog Tour Day Seven

Today is the last day of the blog tour. I hope you have found some fun books to read.

We are featuring four authors: Tricia Drammeh, Joleene Naylor, Maegan Provan, and moi (DM Yates).

My books are all to the side column. If you want free copies just go to Smashwords DM Yates
'Always', 'Stepping Stones' and 'The Lone Hero' are free. On Amazon, they're still 99cents. I tried to put them free on Google Books/Play, but there's been some problem opening my account.

Stepping Stones- Blurb: 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- Blurb: 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- Blurb: 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. 

Bio- 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.

Tricia Drammeh (Spellbound, Spellbringers Book One)

Blurb: 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. 

Bio: 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.

Maegan Provan (Celine, The Night Touched Chronicles Book One)

Blurb: 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.

Bio: 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

Joleene Naylor (Shades of Gray, Amarenthine Book One)

Blurb: 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. 

Bio: 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. 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Blog Tour Day Six

I hope you've all been following along on this blog tour. Please feel free to share any of this information and help us stop pirating of ebooks.

Joleene Naylor

Today, we're showcasing Joleene Naylor, and as many of you know, she's no stranger to my blog. Joleene is a highly creative individual whose 'Amaranthine' series is one of my all-time favorite reads.

Please keep in mind that if you're going to use any of the coupons below, they're only good for 24 hours.


Shades of Gray- Blurb: Hunted by a coven of vampires, Katelina has only one person she can trust: Jorick. But when her knight in shining armor turns out to be one of the monsters she has to examine her perceptions of good and evil to survive.


Legacy of Ghosts- Blurb: After the events of Shades of Gray, Katelina and Jorick seek peace but it’s hard to come by. Kateesha plans to fight the same battle as Jorick’s fledgling, but a common enemy isn’t enough to overcome past betrayals. Drawn into a deathly conflict, Jorick and Katelina must learn to overcome old regrets, or risk loosing their future to the ghosts of their past.

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Ties of Blood- Blurb: It’s time for Katelina to face the consequences. On a trip home they meet Verchiel, a too friendly vampire, then the police arrest Jorick. They barely get away when Katelina is taken to face Malick, the head of The Guild. Will Jorick get there in time? Who is the terrifying vampire she saw in the woods, and why won’t Verchiel go away? 

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Ashes of Deceit- Blurb: Katelina and Jorick should be going to the tropics. Instead, they’re rescuing a captured vampire. Who kidnapped him and why? The truth isn’t easy to find. As Oren’s attack on the Guild draws closer, Jorick and Katelina are led back to the Citadel where the ancient master Malick reigns. When the flames of war ignite, can they rise from the ashes, or will they be consumed?

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Heart of Raven- Blurb: The fifth installment of the Amaranthine series sees Jorick and Katelina draw closer as they surround themselves with their own miniature army to outwit the machinations of the ancient master. Katelina grows stronger and learns to stand on her own because there’s no room for the fainthearted in a world where darkness is eternal and the night tastes like blood

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Children of Shadow- Blurb: An extinct cult resurfaces to wage war on the vampire guilds, leaving destruction in their path. Katelina and Jorick are trapped in Munich’s stronghold, with Ume, a vampiress who claims to know Verchiel and offers the help of her secret organization.
But, can they trust Ume and her friends? Why have the Children of Shadows reappeared? Is it really a former ally that leads them, or a look alike? 

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Clash of Legends- Blurb: The seventh installment in the Amaranthine series.
Katelina wakes in Samael’s domain without Jorick. Her vampire lover gathers an army to save her, but Malick interferes. When he leaves Katelina broken and bleeding, it’s the final straw. Jorick plans the ultimate taboo: to kill his master. Will he succeed or will he and Katelina be crushed in a greater war? 

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Author Bio: 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. 

Ramblings from the Darkness at

You never know what you’ll find in the shadows…..

I have read every one of these books, and usually within 3 days because I just can't stop reading them. They're that good. Be aware that they do contain graphic material and adult situations, but they are well worth the read so definitely try them.

Again, please be aware that these coupons are only good for 24 hours.

LHR my friends and enjoy your free reads.