What’s Going On…

Hi everyone!

I know it’s been a while. I’m sorry about that. Thinks have been moving at an exciting pace for me, and it’s caused some upheaval in my life.

First off: I GOT A JOB!!!!! I know, being an author IS a job, but I’ll confess, I haven’t been making enough to pay the bills. Back in 2010, the job that I had laid off a bunch of workers, and I hadn’t been able to find a job since. BUT I’VE GOT ONE NOW!!!! πŸ˜€

Second: I started working on edits for One for Sorrow and I kinda want to kick myself. I’m finding myself in a familiar trap and while I know IΒ can get everything to work out, there will have to be A LOT of work. What’s the problem you may ask??? My leads aren’t as interesting as the side characters.

It seems like I’m always falling into this trap. More people asked me more about Aria and Brae than they ever did for Chance and Christobal. Madison ended up taking main stage for that entire story arc in Maxwell Investigations. And now in One for Sorrow, Harley and Grayson ended up being more interesting.

It could be because when I world-build, I try to work from the outside in. By the time I reach the main characters, I’m pretty much like “I just want to write the flipping story!” and what I end up with is a pair that’s pretty “meh” and side characters that everyone is like “YES!!!”

These things are coming to light, and I want to fix things. It’s just going to take a really long time.

PLUS there’s the fact that my daughter and now TWO of my nieces (it was just 1 before) want me to make matching Halloween costumes. I’m feeling a little swamped.

And that hasn’t even shed light on the ideas that are finally starting to flow again. But unfortunately none of them are for anything that is currently in print.

I’m sorry if all of this is confusing. What it all boils down to is: I have no clue when One for Sorrow will be out. I have 3 Halloween costumes to work on between now and Halloween. And I’m going to be world building for possibly another series… all while working.

Yeah… I’m gonna follow Loki on this one…..

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See you all later! πŸ™‚
Dawn! πŸ™‚

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Happy Fourth!!!

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It’s that wonderful season!!! Barbecues, fireworks, friends joking and playing in a pool or with a hose…

And I’m stuck in what we’ll call petticoat junction. LOL

I’ll explain: We all know that I’m a Halloween girl at heart. I start on my daughter’s costumes well in advance and sometimes she’ll cosplay them. Well, this year she roped my niece into wanting matching costumes! And guess what these costumes call for??? That’s right Ladies and Gents, fluffy petticoats!

So while I’m over here trying to sew all of this tulle together, I’m also trying to think of what I’m going to do with my writing. Frederick just ended, I have plans for later in the year that I’m not ready to discuss just yet. And One for Sorrow is still in edits.

Meanwhile, I’m also going to work on Auspicious Affairs. It’s time for Victor and Leigh to have their story told. It’s also time for MI to start on the next story arch.Β I’ve been working the plans out in my head, and it’s time to start getting it on the screen (I would say paper, but then I’d probably lose it).

I hope everyone gets a chance to hang out with loved ones this weekend. My mini-me is down with her father for part of the summer, and I’m holding off my summer fun till she gets back. But in the meantime, everyone have a fun and safe Fourth! I’ll have another post for you after the holiday!

Later folks!
Dawn πŸ™‚

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Back from the Festival!

I’m BACK!!!

As you may know, this past weekend was the Frederick Book Festival. Last year I went as a reader and had fun. This time I had my own table and had a blast!

I met a lot of other authors and readers. We all had a good time laughing, joking and getting to know each other. By the end of the day, I think the biggest hit of the night may have been my daughter LOL. She was floating from table to table talking with everyone. She really is a social butterfly!

Now I’m going to get back into the swing of things. I’ll be working on something this week, what it is, I’m not completely sure yet… but hey, that’s how it usually is with me πŸ™‚

Anyways! See you next time!!!
Dawn πŸ™‚

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A Newsletter!

Hi Everyone!

I have to admit, the past few weeks I’ve basically taken a vacation. I haven’t been working on anything except for my daughter’s Halloween and Convention costume (She’s going to be a Keyblade Warrior of Light from Wonderland… yeah, she’s all about Kingdom Hearts at the moment LOL).

And then over the weekend a cousin of mine called and we started talking. She’s really good when it comes to bouncing ideas off of. One of the things she mentioned was running a newsletter again.

I had 1 for about 15 minutes years and years ago. But it fell to the wayside because I had almost nothing to say. Now, I’m coming into contact with more people and there are a few more things I can talk about now.

So if you look at the top of the blog post you’ll see a new page called Newsletter Signup. If you want a few exclusives and or a few giveaways feel free to sign up!

Talk to you soon!!
Dawn πŸ™‚

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Mad Dash…

Hey everyone!

This has been a really busy week for me. My daughter graduated 5th grade, and my mother’s birthday was yesterday. After everything was said and done, my bank account hates me and I feel like I may have a few extra grey hairs (on top of the ones I already dyed.)

So imagine my despair when I look for the flash drive that has just about ALL of my writing, and can’t find it!!!!

Yeah, I’m pretty much freaking out.

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Good news: I’ve looked all over the place and have narrowed it down to 1 room in my house… bad news: that room is covered in clothes, and it will be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

But I can buy myself a little time. Victor and Leigh aren’t really talking to me, and I have a copy of One for Sorrow someplace else too. The story I was kicking around in the meantime was about to be re-written. So while I’m a little stressed, I’m not about to slam my head in a door or something because I can’t lay my eyes on it right now.

Anyway, I have an office to straighten up, a room to clean, and a story to rewrite. I’ll see you all later!!!

Dawn πŸ™‚

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Happy Hundred!!!!

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Hi Everyone!!!

I’ve reached a milestone with this blog. This is my 100th post!!! πŸ™‚

I wanted there to be a lot of fanfare, and I wanted to have something really epic to say.

Really, I got nothing.

But it isn’t all bad news!!!

One for Sorrow is still being edited. I wanted to be able to upload it Kindle and Nook, but I’d rather have a polished novel than an early release.

The Frederick Book Festival is less than a month away! I have pens on order, my books and bookmarks are all ready to go and my tablecloth should be here in a matter of days (yes, the little things excite me LOL). I hope to gain some readers, as well as connect with any already in the Maryland area.

I have a minor confession to make. These past few months, I’ve been in a really bad place. I’ve been stressed out and ready to snap. I haven’t been able to really write since I finished OfS. Nothing has been coming to me. But the night before last I was able to get a few words down. I’m not sure where it’s going or even if it will develop into something else. Of course I hope it does, but for right now, I’m hoping it will at least help me get past these feelings of epic failure that I’ve been dealing with.

ANYWAY!!!! This is supposed to be a HAPPY post!!!!! I’ve been trying my hands at at-home-bartending. So far, I’ve made a Blue Hawaiian, PiΓ±aΒ Colada, and a virgin Strawberry Daiquiri… There are a few more recipes that I’m gonna cry. I just have to find a few lab rats… I mean volunteers to try them πŸ™‚

I’ll keep everyone updated on what I’m doing. Hopefully a few of you can get out to Frederick MD on 6-28-14 for the festival.

Hope to see you there!!!!
Later Folks!!!!
Dawn πŸ™‚

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Hey everyone!!!

Spring has sprung and it’s finally starting to feel like it won’t snow at any given second (please don’t hold me to that)! So we all know what that means…

Spring Cleaning

 

The past couple of days, I’ve been thinking about things from editing and marketing. I’ve debated about going back and redoing all of the books of the Maxwell Investigations line (and by redo, I mean edit within an inch of its life). I don’t think I’m ready for that kind of an overhaul yet. What I WILL do is make sure everything from here on is edited within an inch of its life πŸ™‚

And right now, One for Sorrow is in a waiting pattern. And I’m coming to realize that there is something huge about myself and my books. Each one leads into the next. So I feel weird when trying to promote Dangerous Dalliances, because in order to know what’s really going on, you have to read Tangled Temptations AND Precarious Possessions first.

In some ways, it’s a good thing. You know it’s a series and you know that there’s a specific order to things. On the bad side, if you pick up DD without thinking about it, you’re going to be frustrated because you now have to hunt down TT and PP to know what the whole deal is.

And now that I’m doing some work in Auspicious Affairs, I’ve decided that I’ll deal with little story arcs within the series. Yes, you’d have to read the first 3 to know about some of the things that are going on, but not EVERYTHING. So now I can deal with the whole “coming out” thing. And if you’ve read the books, you know what I’m talking about πŸ˜‰

I’ve also been thinking about my branding. Since I’ve started down this roller coaster (and DON’T let anyone tell you this isn’t a roller coaster), all I thought about was the color purple (please, no jokes… there are more than enough running though my head). I wanted Purple Post-its, purple pens, notebooks, banners, you name it. All I wanted was purple. Now that I’m about to go to my first even, I think I probably should have thought this out more.

I’m not sure when, but the original pens I wanted are no longer available. So when I went on the hunt for some new ones, I saw a lot of styles that I like…. and NONE in purple. And when I think about my site, my blog, things that I want to have associated with me, purple is really hard to come by, and I have to find some way to get a logo that represents me.

So over the next few weeks, I’m going to be revamping the site, possibly the blog. Wish me luck, and I’ll keep everyone posted on my thoughts and actions!!!!

See ya!!!
Dawn πŸ™‚

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