Creative people will tell you that often we're nagged by ideas. So it was with this five book series.
It was last January that the idea hit. I was dusting when I thought of a good-looking man walking down a street in a Nevada small town, and I wondered, what if he were half vampire and half human? And I even felt his name should be Trevor. Trevor Dittmar.
I was off writing the series.
Cover Image: images from Vector Backgrounds, lighthousestock, DavidSchrader and canstock,
Cover by Joleene Naylor
Didn't Jo do a great job with this cover too?
I'm not going to tell you about the book and post excerpts. I will tell you it's a fantasy romance that deals with family relationships, love, and even vampires.
I'll let the trailer explain the book for me:
The Dimidiums Book One Trailer
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Love, Honor, and Respect to all
Stepping Stones a Book of Poetry by DM YatesJul28Smashwords’ July sale will run through July 31st and there are plenty of books at excellent prices and FREE for your downloading pleasure.
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Today, I want to share with you two poems from my book of poetry, Stepping Stones to Love, Honour, and Respect.
Isn’t the cover beautiful? It’s another cover made for me by my talented and awesome friend, Joleene Naylor:
Joleene understood just what I wanted for my cover. I’d explained it from a dream I had. Thank you again, Joleene, for another amazing cover.
I love poetry. I always have. I was first influenced by ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. That book sent me on my way to writing poetry.
Poetry warms the soul and it certainly does mine.
Here’s a video I made where I recite two of my favorite poems from my book. If you’re interested in downloading, just click the smashwords link above. If you want to purchase the book (99cents for e-readers) just click on the button to the right.
Love, Honor, and Respect to all.
Always was my first completed novel and it took years to write it. Publishing was another hurdle. I chose to independently publish for several reasons. Among them was to have total control of my work and another was my health. There's no way I can commit to any schedule.
Always probably would never have gotten published if not for the coaxing and strong support of fellow author Roger Lawrence, and I'll forever be grateful to him for his guidance.
Nor would it ever have been published without the detailed editing by another dear friend, author, and poet Elizabeth Maginnis.
The book cover was designed by the unbelievably talented author, poet, crafter, and book designer Joleene Naylor, and this cover holds a special place in my heart. Thank you deeply, Joleene. Joleene is another author that goes above and beyond to support her friends. Her Amaranthine Series, a vampire paranormal is extraordinary and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.
If fantasy and vapires are your thing, I'd encourage you to join her Facebook group, Amaranthine Street Team
She's always doing fun things and give-aways.
Back to Always:
Always is about two immortal lovers who travel to Earth to experience mortality as Simon and April. Simon is 36 years old and searches the world for 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.
Why did I write Always? I was toying with three other novels when I had a vision of a British gentleman staring out from his balcony. At the time, two of my dearest friends had just lost loved ones - one from a car accident and the other who committed suicide. These motivated me to write about life both here on Earth and on the Other Side.
I can write about the intricate storyline of this novel, but how about I show you the youtube book trailer I made?
Right now, Always (along with my other books) is free at Smashwords through the end of this July, 2016. You can find it elsewhere in both e-book format and paperback. Take a look at my powerpoint presentation on Slideshare:
The Story of Always
Perhaps Always is a story meant for you. It'll make a great summer read. Download it today.
Love Honor and Respect
Smashwords is having a July sale through July 31st and all of my books are FREE until then. Starting today, I'll be giving you glimpses from my stories on my blogs to help you choose which story is right for you.
(You don't have to just download one. You can download all of them, if you want).
You can view the covers to my books on my book page: dmyates.weebly.com/my-works.html
Always is a story about a group of Immortal Beings who can travel to various planets as they wish and become mortal, but once born on a planet, they don't remember their pasts. In this novel, we meet 36-year-old Simon and 16-year-old April. April is positive that she and Simon will one day marry, but Simon isn't interested in children's dreams. Or is he? Always is more than a romance. It's a roller coaster ride of emotions.
Excerpt from ALWAYS:
Unable to sleep due to his surfaced emotions, Simon attempted to drown his persistent phantoms with a bottle of Scotch. Damn Dixie. Damn all women, he thought. He got out of bed, downed another large swallow of his drink, and dressed. He knew what he must do to release the demons that haunted him. It never failed.
The Lone Hero Einarr, an Immortal Being is sent on his first mission to the dragon planet of Aberforth to put an end to the dragon wars and he'll spend most of his human life doing just that. Surrounded by dragons and elves, he faces his life with all the bravery and gusto he can.
Excerpt from THE LONE HERO:
From above, a deafening roar of anguish echoed through the sky and a gigantic black dragon plunged among the three, shooting a spray at them from his nostrils. Two fell and the black beast landed on them, tearing at them and severing their heads, growling. The third screeched in terror and flew pursued by the black, vengeance riding on his every flap of his wings, hissing in a language that Einarr could almost interpret; about vowing no mercy. Not long after, an anxious cry filled with lament reverberated through the jungle, cut short by a satisfying roar and gurgling. Then silence.
THE DIMIDIUMS BOUND BY LOVE is a fantasy romance. Trevor Dittmar is a Dimidium - half vampire and half human. His kind is kept secret from humans. Trevor and his father are well-renowned Trackers in their world hunting vampires and the worst of human criminals. And the two detest humans. That is, until Trevor meets a human woman, Janna. Now, he must keep their love a secret from his father.
Excerpt from The Dimidiums Book One Bound by Love:The monk bowed. “Welcome to our Shaolin Temple. I am Shīzi. It means Lion. I have chosen to train you. You may pick an empty cave. It will be your personal corner of the world, perfect for meditation.”
“You’re Dimidiums, aren’t you?”
“We all are at this temple. Therefore, I expect exceptional ability from you. What’s your name?”
“I’m Trevor Dittmar.”
“I’ll call you Xiăo Lăohŭ. It means Little Tiger. Perhaps you’ll emerge a grown tiger, but by your actions, I think maybe not.” Shīzi laughed. “Your training begins now, Little Tiger.” In an instant, Shīzi stretched out a leg, wrapped it around Trevor’s ankle and tripped him. He hit the ground backwards and hard. He couldn’t control his bottled up anger anymore. With a deafening growl, he attacked, only to be thwarted by Shīzi’s calm reaction. He charged at the monk again and again, only to find himself flat on the ground every time while Shīzi stood, always in some strange stance, always tranquil.
Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect is a collection of my poems ranging from romantic to New Age.
Excerpt from STEPPING STONES TO LOVE HONOR AND RESPECT:
Give me But a RoseYou ask what you can give to me
to show your love divine.
Give me but a rose, my dear,
and this will be your sign.
It must have grown in earth’s rich loam;
sweet essence so refined.
Cleansed several times by rain’s nectar,
a red grail that doth shine.
You with said flower, freshly picked,
towards Elysium will climb.
Up to the gods you must ascend;
they’ll lave our rose in wine.
They’ll notice your enamored heart,
the solemn vow of thine.
Weeping, they’ll pour their precious draught
around our hearts to bind.
—Eternal tears which trusses us
for now thru all earth’s time--
And so, my fair, it will become
a thorn-less rose enshrined.
You asked what gift I’d take from thee.
I’ll take such bloom entwined.
Oh, give me but a simple prize,
a gem as I’ve defined:
A humble choice the gods have blessed--
your love to me consigned.
Gingerbread Castle is a children's winter rhyme book about a far-away place in dreamland.
Excerpt from Gingerbread Castle:
Far from here where it glimmers and glows
from glistening ice, where cool winds do blow,
There’s a land that’s colder than cold.
Its trees are draped in red and gold.
From here through the 31st, I'll spend two days on each book to give you a better idea of what the stories are about starting with 2 days of excerpts from Always.
Book covers designed by Joleene Naylor. The Lone Hero cover designed by Roger Lawrence and Joleene Naylor.
You can download any of these at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/dmy
My books can also be found at DM Yates Amazon and DM Yates Google Play Books
I hope you've found something to fit your taste.
Love Honor and Respect
My books, although fantasy and romance, are all about love - the many kinds of love. When I think of love I often think of what we give to each other, both tangible and intangible.
From a woman of Italian descent, giving equates to food and lots of it. And so, my stories reflect this.
(Picture from Betty Crocker Online Recipes - see link below)
In The Dimidiums Book One Bound by Love, the character Janna sets out a pitcher of lemonade and a plate of cookies. It attracts her neighbors who drop by for visits, but on this particular day, it's aroused the curiosity of the Dimidium Trevor:
That same morning, Janna sat on her porch working on a simple cross-stitch. In blue shorts with a bibbed top and a white tee, barefoot, she took in the early desert heat. She loved the feel of the morning sun on her. She couldn’t understand why the townspeople covered up all the time.
Her friend Lena had offered to rent her this house. The locale was perfect for her, and who would think to look for her here? The desert exuded a healing quality, giving her a sense of peace and serenity. The image of the injured man came to her. Underneath all that grime, he was good-looking. She pictured his piercing brown eyes, but shook off the image. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that she’d lost her husband.
On the patio table next to her she had placed a pitcher of her home-made lemonade sweetened with apple juice, an old family hand-me down recipe. She had set a few disposable cups and a tray of her own baked Snickerdoodle cookies with it. She’d gotten used to leisurely mornings and neighbors dropping by to visit before the desert got too hot. She’d quickly learned that in this climate, people appreciated a cool drink.
She noticed a stranger in a tan jungle hat, khaki shorts, and a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up walking down her street, holding a paper and looking around him. Outsiders seldom came around the homes. Though hikers and sight seers were common down in the business section, they stayed pretty much on the outskirts of town.
He continued to jaunt down her street, almost march as it were. When he came closer to her house, she stood up immediately, recognizing him.
“Hello there,” she called. What am I doing, talking to him again?
Trevor turned to her, surprised.
“You look much better. I wondered if you were alright.”
He didn’t smile or acknowledge what she said. “Do you know these streets?”
“Of course. I live here.” She poured a cup of lemonade and walked to him, stopping at her gate. “How can I help?”
“Where are your shoes?”
“I like to go barefoot.”
He regarded her from her bare feet and legs, her shorts and top up to her green eyes, and he felt a strong desire again to have this woman. “I’m looking for a beech.” He stared at his paper. Work, not play, but if I did play with human women she’d be the one.
“This is the only neighborhood. Just around the corner is the public swimming pool. I understand that last summer the mayor expressly requested that it come with a fake beach. The kids love it, but I don’t think it’s open this early. At the stop sign, turn right then at the next street turn left. You’ll see it.”
“Here.” She held out the cup.
“I like you in yellow,” he said. “It’s a nice color on you.” He studied her for a moment, took the cup, and continued to walk.
She watched him, admiring his physique and his walk. Nice body, but he’s not very friendly. Ugh! I must stop looking at him. My life’s too complicated right now.
He approached the corner, stopped, took out a flask, and poured some of the contents into the cup.
Figures. He’s an alcoholic. She shook her head, but had an idea, and went inside to write down an address from the phone book. She returned to the porch and waited.
It wasn’t long before he was back at her gate.
“Not what I’m looking for. I got a garbled phone message yesterday about a street and a beech.”
She walked over to her gate again. “I thought you meant a beach with water. I wonder. Could it be this street? Beechnut?”
“Possibly.” He looked at her house address and smiled. “Could I have another cup of your lemonade?”
“Of course.” She opened the gate and motioned to her porch. What am I doing, letting him in?
“You should be more prudent around strangers.” He entered and sat down at her table. She sat too and poured him more lemonade.
Again, he added to it from his flask. He scrunched his eyebrows while he jotted quick notes on his paper. “What are these?” He pointed to the Snickerdoodles.
“Cookies. I baked them. Help yourself.”
“Were you expecting me?” His gaze pierced through her and she blushed.
Why do I blush around him? “I sit out here in the mornings and neighbors drop by. It’s only polite to offer them something and I’m really good at baking cookies.” I’m talking too much.
Those Snickerdoodles take on a special meaning to Janna and Trevor as their relationship grows.
Snickerdoodles are delightful, small, round cookies that are quick and simple to make. They're perfect for parties, family gatherings, or (my favorite) when reading a nice book and drinking tea. I think what makes them so tasty is the cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on the tops.
No one really knows the origin of Snickerdoodles although my guess is Germany. They have certainly come up with some of the world's yummiest cookies.
Betty Crocker's Cookie Book has the best recipe for Snickerdoodles that I've ever tasted. By the way, this is my favorite recipe book and I use it often. If you click on the picture, it'll take you to Amazon, but you can find this book just about anywhere. I had to buy a second one recently because my first one was falling apart.
Betty Crocker's Recipe for Snickerdoodles can be found at this link:
Betty Crocker's Snickerdoodles
Try some. They're warming and delicious and that equals love.
Love, Honor, and Respect
If you visited one of my other blogs, dmyatesmusings.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-conundrum-of-english-words.html or https://dmyatesjournalings.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/the-conundrum-of-english-words/ then you're ready for the answers, and here they are:
lam - to hit someone hard; attack
auk - a short-winged diving seabird found in northern oceans, typically with a black head and black and white underparts.
rhea - a large flightless bird of South American grasslands, resembling a small ostrich, with grayish-brown plumage.
elan - energy, style, and enthusiasm
alee - on the side of a ship that is sheltered from the wind.
lac - a resinous substance secreted as a protective covering by the lac insect, used to make varnish, shellac, sealing wax, dyes, etc.
ess - a thing shaped like the letter S
scrod - a young cod, haddock, or similar fish, especially one prepared for cooking
And those more archaic words?
staid - sedate, respectable, and unadventurous
hymned (this is the past tense) - praise or celebrate (something)
noes - plural of no; a negative answer or decision, as in voting
akin - of similar character
And what about the word game using NDDBEA
11 3-letter words: add, and, bad, bed, ban, dab, dad, deb, den, end, nab
9 4-letters: abed, band, bade, bead, bean, dean, dead, bane, bend
1 6-letter: banded (past tense of band)
Wasn't this fun?
Until next time, love honor and respect.
Believe in yourself and dream above the clouds. I do and I believe in you.